Staff and students at a Middleton primary school warmly welcomed Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn into their classrooms earlier this month, and shared their thoughts on how to improve Leeds.
Elements Primary School pupils, known as ‘world changers’ within their school community, were incredibly excited to meet their special visitor and show them around their recently rated ‘Good’ school. Mr Benn met with every year group and enjoyed participating in phonics and maths lessons. It was Year 3 that really stole the spotlight though when they took the opportunity to read in person the letters they had been writing to him as part of their persuasive writing work. Requests for more parks and museums all featured heavily!
Carrie Green, Executive Principal at Elements Primary School, CEO at Wellspring Academy Trust, said:
“We are tremendously proud of our school, and staff and pupils alike were thrilled to be able to show Mr Benn around for the first time since we were inspected by Ofsted. Since opening in 2018, Elements has gone from strength to strength and our young people demonstrated that beautifully. They certainly impressed Mr Benn with their carefully considered and confidently read letters. I’m sure he’s gone back to Westminster with plenty of ideas to think about from our ‘world changers!’”
Hilary Benn MP, added:
“I much enjoyed visiting Elements Primary and was greatly impressed by the careful thought that the Year 3 pupils had put into their letters to me. They obviously care a lot about their community and they expressed themselves very well. Congratulations to all of them!”
Elements Primary School is part of Wellspring Academy Trust. Established in 2012, Wellspring is a community of 31 mainstream primary and secondary schools, and SEND and Alternative Provision settings operating across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Wellspring’s mantra is ‘We Make A Difference’ and it is committed to providing the best possible education and improving life chances for all its students. By sharing best practice, resources, and expertise, the Trust supports schools to deliver exceptional education and serve the communities in which its academies operate.
This post was written by Elizabeth Hudson
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