Friday, 22 May 2015

Visiting Esher High School

Today, I visited Esher High School, one of our top local secondary schools. It was a great opportunity to meet the (still relatively) new headteacher, Mike Boddington, tour the school to see the impact of the expansion (now almost complete), and of course talk to local pupils.

The facilities have undergone major improvement, and there was a really upbeat buzz around the whole school. I listened to a student presentation, as part of a school project, and addressed GCSE Citizenship students on what the role of an MP entails in practice. We then had a good discussion on everything from 'super heros' to PMQs! I am very grateful to Mr Boddington and Philippa Lockhart for the invitation. I look forward to visiting again soon.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bell Farm Primary School - on the Up!

On Friday, I dropped in on Anne Cooper, Headteacher at Bell Farm Primary School (as pictured below). Ms Cooper led the school through a tough patch, taking the school from an Ofsted rating of 'Inadequate' to a rating of 'Good' in just 18 months. Ofsted singled out the senior leadership of the school for praise.

It is a remarkable achievement, and full credit must go to the Head, her team of teachers and the governors. Schools have plenty of critics, if things go wrong. So, I wanted to personally drop in and congratulate the school on the Ofsted report, because I feel we should celebrate this kind of local success story - one which is good for local children, and the wider community in Hersham. I look forward to watching Bell Farm go from strength to strength!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Conservative Women's Organisation Lunch

Today, I have been beetling about the constituency getting back into the swing of things locally. It was a great pleasure to join our local Conservative Women's Organisation for a lunch in Cobham. Organised by Mamta Rathore, Ruth Mitchell and Elise Dunweber, we had a terrific turnout. As well as thanking everyone for their hard-work and invaluable contribution to the general election campaign, I talked a little about the post-election challenge, shy Tories, my new appointment - and then took a few questions. We all agreed that it's time to get straight back to business and a lot of hard-work, to make sure our Conservative government delivers over the next 5 years. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Appointment to Government

I was delighted to be appointed by David Cameron to serve as a Justice Minister in the new government, working in a great team under Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

I have been allocated the human rights reform agenda, which is an area I have worked on in the past, and care deeply about. I am looking forward to getting stuck in!

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