Moulsecoomb Primary School, which is currently faced with being forced to join a multi-academy trust by the Department for Education, hosted local MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle on Friday afternoon to meet the children and staff.
Despite suffering a foot injury, Lloyd was given a guided tour of the school by some of the children from Year 5 along with Headteacher Mr Sutton, as well as spending time in their classroom to explain his role as an MP and answer lots of their questions. At the end of the school day Lloyd was given the honour of handing out the House Cup at the school’s celebration assembly.
Calvin Cumiskey, teacher and NEU rep, described the children’s experience of the visit as “empowering”. He went on to say:
“In a world where politics seems to be viewed with such cynicism, it was clear that Lloyd is a politician who cares for his community, cares deeply about injustice and will do all he can to help Moulsecoomb Primary School from being forced to become an academy.”
Since the school received an “Inadequate” Ofsted rating in April which the school and council contests, parents have been determinedly campaigning for the school to remain in council control with the backing of their MP. Following his visit, Lloyd chatted with parents in the playground at home time.
Becka, who is a parent of 2 children at the school said:
“It was great that Lloyd visited us to show his support for our school and this strengthens our campaign. Parents feel very encouraged to see their local MP actively supporting his constituents.”
Commenting on the visit, Lloyd Russell-Moyle said:
“It was a joy to meet and spend time with the children and staff at Moulsecoomb Primary; a school which is doing fantastic work despite the challenges posed by years of cuts to the education budget by this Government. Mr Sutton and the rest of his team are doing a fantastic job, which is plain to see to anybody who witnesses the energy and enthusiasm of their pupils.
It is clear to me that Ofsted is no longer fit for purpose, when a unique and inclusive school like that of Moulsecoomb is branded “inadequate” because it does not fit into their narrow checkboxes. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure that our local school remains embedded in the community and is not handed over to some distant and unwanted multi-academy trust.”