Jo visits St James’ RC Primary School in Petts Wood

Local MP, Jo Johnson, paid a visit to St James’ RC Primary School on Friday afternoon to open a new allotment garden. St James’ is a single form entry, catholic school situated on Maybury Close in Petts Wood.

Jo’s visit started with a tour by the Head Teacher, Lisa Weeks, during which he met with staff and pupils from across the school. A number of pupils took the opportunity to ask Jo questions about his work as an MP in Orpington and Westminster.

Following the tour, Jo officially opened St James’ new allotment garden, where children will learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. It is hoped that produce from the garden will eventually be used in the school’s kitchens. Jo also planted a Victoria plum tree, which was donated by Coolings nurseries to mark the occasion.

Jo said: ‘St James’ is a terrific school located on a fantastic site, and I am very grateful to the Head Teacher, Mrs Weeks, for taking the time to show me around. I particularly enjoyed talking to pupils about politics and my role as an MP.

‘It was also a pleasure to open the school’s new garden, which will provide a hands-on and fun way for children to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables and healthy eating.’