James Wild MP visits Hunstanton Primary School and is quizzed on Parliament and pineapple
Improving educational outcomes is a priority for James within North West Norfolk so he welcomed the opportunity to visit Hunstanton Primary School, last Friday.
During the visit, James heard about the school’s commitment to offer a diverse education which aims to inspire the pupils and also their efforts to deliver a 'whole child' approach to education. Through this, the pupils are offered a range of trips and experiences - such as visiting the Houses of Parliament earlier this year. James talked to year 6 pupils who had visited Westminster about what they had learnt and the role of MPs.
From left: Chair of Governors Jenny Butler, Head boy Harry (11), Head Teacher Jo Bland, Head Girl Cherry (11) and James Wild MP
During the visit, James was given a tour by headteacher Jo Bland alongside Head Boy, Harry and Head Girl, Cherry, and pupils of all year groups who had been learning about Parliament this week. They had the chance to quiz James with questions ranging from serious topics about what is involved in being an MP, discussions about the NHS, as well as lighter topics including whether pineapple should be a pizza topping.
James was presented with a book produced by Seals class with letters on topics from the environment, QEH, cost of living, littering, and animal extinction as well as drawings of the Houses of Parliament.
He also saw the music room, IT suite, art room, and library.
James then met the School Council and he asked about their roles within school life including events they help to organise including for Children in Need. He spoke about his role as MP for North West Norfolk. Finally, he also enjoyed seeing the excellent outdoor facilities, which have been tailored to the different year groups educational learning, such as interactive play and gardening areas and outdoor climbing equipment for the older years.
Commenting after the visit James said:
“It was encouraging to see first-hand the important focus Hunstanton Primary school places on ensuring a ‘whole child’ principle of learning is provided. This is all part of the clear commitment of teachers and staff to encouraging children to aim high to realise their potential.
From the work on display, the book of pictures and letters they gave me, and questions, I was very impressed by the pupils’ understanding of Parliament and will look closely at the ideas to make our area even better.”
Speaking about the visit, Ms Bland, Headteacher said:
“Following a week of learning about Parliament in classes, the pupils were thrilled to finally meet James Wild MP, in person. They listened intently as Mr Wild answered their numerous questions ranging from his parliamentary role to favourite hobbies. The children have been truly inspired by the visit.”