MP checks on King Henry School merger success
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2019
After two local schools merged at the end of last year, Sir David Evennett has paid a visit to check on progress.
The MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford was at King Henry School in Erith.
It was formerly Erith School and merged with Townley Grammar on September 1 last year to form the new Odyssey Trust for Education.
Sir David, who has been a longstanding supporter of both schools, was greeted by senior members of staff then given a tour of the school, which included a visit to a Year 7 drama class and a look at the new building works.
He then met with pupils on the Student Council to speak about his role as a Member of Parliament, answering a range of questions from why he became involved in politics to Brexit.
Deputy headteacher Hayley Gibbs explained the vision “to leave no student behind” by providing the very best in student support and a rich and diverse curriculum offer.
He then met with pupils on the student council to speak about his role, answering a full range of probing questions from why he became involved in politics and become a Member of Parliament to the complexities of the Brexit negotiations which are still under way.
Sir David told them how confident the students were after meeting members of the school parliament.
This is just one of the new initiatives that have been introduced to provide students with a real voice in the development of the school together with an understanding of how parliamentary democracy works.
Afterwards, Sir David chatted with executive headteacher Desmond Deehan about the trust’s plans for the school.
This included the journey of improvement and the trust’s plans for the school, which include the addition of a grammar stream supported by Townley Grammar.
Mr Deehan said: “This is a ground-breaking innovation in education with a high performing grammar school sponsoring a secondary modern and demonstrated what can be achieved through collaboration and a shared passion for the futures of young people in the community.”