Secretary of State for Education visits Havering

Secretary of state for Education
Justine Greening with Broadford primary school children
Published: Friday, 1 December 2017

Following Broadford Primary schools success as being named the Times Educational Supplement Overall School of the Year 2017, the school was delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Education.

Justine Greening was eager to learn about the approach that has led to the sustained success of the school.

Ms Greening observed pupils in maths and phonics lessons, and also hosted a Q&A session with Broadford pupils who quizzed her on her career path, and how she could help them with their career aspirations and whether school funding changes would limit the offer available to them in future.

Broadford Primary school pupil, Bradley Joy aged 11, said:

“I gave Ms Greening a quick lesson in how to play our mental maths game 24. I started her off with the one dot cards and helped explain the rules. She quickly picked up the game and even won a couple of rounds. Her maths was pretty good!”

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Children’s and Learning Services, said:

“I am very proud that Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education took time to visit Havering, and congratulate Broadford primary school on their recent win at the prestigious 2017 Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards.

"Head teacher, Malcolm Drakes, and the entire team at the School truly deserve this visit to celebrate their outstanding achievement. Their inspiration, dedication and enthusiasm for education has improved the outcomes for the children who attend Broadford primary school.”

Malcolm Drakes, Head Teacher, Broadford Primary School, said:

“Our vision is to ensure that no child's future is limited by their background. To be able to show Justine Greening the different strategies that we have used to raise aspirations and outcomes for some of Havering's most vulnerable pupils was a real privilege. For the Secretary of State for Education to take the time to talk to teachers, listen to pupils and demonstrate a very clear understanding of some practical ways we can improve our system for the benefit of the most vulnerable was so encouraging.”