I visited Ipswich Academy and met with interim Principal, Samuel Fox. I have visited Ipswich Academy many times during my time as MP for Ipswich and it is great to see Samuel who has worked at the school for 15 years step into the interim Principal position.
The school serves the Gainsborough community which I have a great passion for, as you all know. It has a diverse catchment area which is why the school are focusing on driving a strong sense of aspiration among both pupils and parents.
They place a focus on supporting pupils to reach their full potential and have been working hard to engage with parents by inviting them for school tours to help them understand how they can help their children. We discussed the importance of creating multiple path ways for students such as apprenticeships and technical education, not just University.
I also had a tour around the school where I got to see a food technology lesson and saw some pupils making chicken cous cous. In September the School opened a second food tech room to allow them to host two lessons at once.
We also discussed how they have recently revamped a room in their support center which supports students with special educational needs. They have the capacity for 6 students for whom they provide a tailored curriculum based on their needs.