Earlier this week St Michael’s C of E VA Primary School in Aldbourne welcomed our local MP, Danny Kruger, and Cllr James Sheppard, Wiltshire Council’s Chairman (and ex St Michael’s pupil) for a tour of the school. The visitors were particularly interested in learning how the school operates, in being shown the on-site forest school and the play-based Early Years learning. The importance of support from the community for the school was evident and the visitors were keen to see how they could also have a role in supporting the school.
Danny Kruger commented, “Walking around St Michael’s it is clear to see that this school is a special place, allowing children to learn and grow. The school’s adoption of its continuous provision is amazing to see in action and the teachers speak so passionately about every aspect of school life.
Thank you to all the staff, governors and pupils for the warm welcome and for taking the time to show me around.”
Judith Arkwright, Headteacher of St Michael’s, said, “It was great to be able to show James Sheppard, an ex-pupil and Danny Kruger MP around our happy school. They were both very engaged and took a real interest in our continuous provision approach, our forest school and our special educational needs provision, and saw this in action when they walked around. Thank you to them both for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit our school and to the staff and pupils for giving our visitors a warm welcome.
The education system is facing budget challenges across the nation, and St Michael’s is no exception. However, we are grateful for the support of the PTA, parents and other fundraising activities which reduce the pressure.”