Minister of State for Education Nick Gibb MP and local MP for Watford Richard Harrington MP visited two schools this month after receiving impressive exam results.
They both spent time at Nascot Wood Junior School and Watford Grammar School for Girls meeting staff and students on Thursday, June 6.
The Minister spent the morning at Nascot Wood Junior, where he toured the facilities and met with headteacher, Christina Singh, and deputy head, Simon Watts, as well other staff and students.
Together they had a positive conversation about how Nascot Wood chooses to prioritise student wellbeing and safeguard mental health.
This has led to a near 98 per cent attendance rate and a large number of students receiving scholarships to attend top grammar and independent schools.
Mr Gibb MP was fascinated to learn about the work that teachers do to prepare for exams, which is reducing student stress levels and preparing them for academic progression, complimenting
“exemplary reading and maths teaching”.
The Watford MP commented that local schools were “leading the way on mental health provision for students”.
In the afternoon, Nick Gibb MP attended a round table discussion with local headteachers, chaired at Watford Grammar School for Girls by Head, Sylvia Tai.
Mr Harrington MP organised the discussion to facilitate an open dialogue between schools in his constituency and the Education Ministers.
During the meeting, local headteachers discussed a number of areas, including GCSE and A level results, future funding and staff recruitment.
Mr Gibb MP praised the school’s “very high academic standards”.
Richard Harrington MP said: “We’re lucky to have some of the best schools in the country in Watford, and so I asked Nick to come here to meet some of the amazing teachers who provide students with a first-class education.”
“I’m incredibly proud of the mental health focus from teachers at Nascot Wood Junior, and I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact this has on students wellbeing. At a young age, children are learning how to cope with exam stress, which will help prepare for secondary school and life beyond that.”
“I also think it’s important that Ministers at the Department for Education engage regularly with teachers. I know that Nick found the round table with Watford’s headteachers so useful in that respect.”
Nick Gibb MP commented: “Richard Harrington, as Watford’s MP, is rightly proud of the town’s schools, particularly Watford Grammar School for Girls and Nascot Wood Junior School which I visited on Thursday. Both schools are equipping young people for the next stages of their education and ensuring their pupils, whatever their background, are able to fulfil their potential.”