Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, was delighted to spend Friday 16th November celebrating Parliament Week with the pupils of Icknield Primary School. Heidi joined some extremely enthusiastic primary parliamentarians to hear about their own General Election and secret agent selection process which was held as part of the House of Commons Parliament Week programme.
Work undertaken during Parliament Week saw pupils organise themselves into different ‘political’ parties including the Killer Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, Angler Fish, Penguins, Octopi and Dolphins. The results of the Election are expected to be announced shortly and further information can be found on Icknield Primary’s Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/IcknieldPrimary. Fortunately, in line with election law, Heidi was not allowed to vote which saved her the agonising choice of selecting one party from an impressive bunch!
Heidi enjoyed a lively and vibrant assembly in which she was asked about her role as an MP, before being taken on a tour of the School to see progress of the current programme of renovations funded by a £650,000 refurbishment grant from the County Council. Heidi was delighted to see classrooms and resources that match the first class teaching standards she witnessed during her visit.
Heidi said “I wrote to Icknield in March, to congratulate them on their latest Ofsted Inspection which found that Icknield is a good school with high expectations for pupils and staff. I was blown away during my visit by the pupils’ enthusiasm and willingness to engage with the learning opportunity of Parliament Week. The cross-curricular links for this themed week were outstanding from the concept of parliament and voting being used in art lessons, English, numeracy and PSHE. Mrs Stockdale and her team really are achieving great things in this fabulous little school.”
Jonathan Lewis, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Director of Education said: “We are delighted that the works to renovate the school are progressing well and the modernisation will ensure the children of Sawston have a school building that matches the fantastic education they receive at Icknield Primary.”