On Friday, Jo Johnson MP paid a visit to Warren Road Primary School to hear about the school and its plans for the future.
The school currently comprises 842 pupils between Reception and Year 6, and focuses on ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to achieve their academic and all round potential.
Warren Road is also a teaching school, providing a range of training for teachers and support staff from across the South East. In 2015/16, over 400 staff from 50 schools attended a training course.
During his visit, the Headteacher, Mr Richard Edmonds, gave Jo a full tour of school. They discussed the school’s role as a training college and plans for the possible development of a dedicated teacher training and community centre.
Jo said: ‘I am very grateful to Mr Edmonds for inviting me to visit the outstanding Warren Road Primary School. I was particularly interested to learn about the teacher training offered by the school, which provides important hands-on classroom experience to the next generation of teachers.’
Jo also met with staff, pupils and representatives from the school’s highly successful Parent Teacher Association (PTA). In recent years the PTA has regularly raised £20,000 per annum which is used to fund a wide range of activities, including for a transformation of the school library.
Jo added: ‘It was a pleasure to meet with teachers, children and parents. There is a sense of a real school community, and I would like to recognise those individuals who give up their time to contribute to the fantastic work of the PTA.’