Two Government ministers visited Northampton today to meet with Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis and visit a school and a police station in the town.
Elizabeth Truss, minister for Education and Childcare, looked round Cedar Road Primary School with Mr Ellis this morning and then went to Child First day nursery in Moulton.
Mrs Truss was given a tour of the school by Angela Watson, acting headteacher, and was then interviewed by four pupils.
She said: “I was really impressed with the students enthusiasm for learning. The evidence I saw of the children’s writing ability was tremendous.”
Mrs Truss said she believed the school day should be extended to give the pupils more time to try more activities such as playing chess or being part of an orchestra.
The minister said she also expected more primary shcools to become academies in the future.
She said: “We have seen a number of sponsors set up academy chains that tend to be on a small scale. We want to see more schools becoming academies across the country as headteachers are given more autonomy to enable them to make things happen and move the school forward.”
Mr Ellis said: “I’m delighted the minister was able to come and visit this excellent primary school and see the work of the teachers who are doing a great job in broadening the horizons of the young people.”
Damian Green, minister for policing, criminal justice and victims, also visited Northampton today and looked round Weston Favell Police Station with Mr Ellis.
Mr Green said: “I think Northamptonshire Police is doing very well as crime is down significantly.
“The police and crime commissioner is someone who is very fertile at producing new ideas.
“I think the community engagement project is something that is not being done anywhere else in the country.”
Mr Ellis said: “The reality is Northamptonshire Police is one of the most innovative forces in the country and the minister has been able to see the work of the officers in action.”