Heather Wheeler OBE MP recently visited Melbourne Junior School to meet with Headteacher Mrs June Whirledge, representatives from the Governing Body and participated in the Children’s morning assembly – where she answered a wide range of questions about the role of an MP and the structure of Government.
Melbourne Junior School has currently 259 learners and is on the same site as it’s main ‘feeder ‘school, Melbourne Infants School. Its last OFSTED report was a solid ‘Good ‘reflecting all the hard work of learners and staff alike. Heather Wheeler MP commented “It was a positive delight to visit Melbourne Junior School and see first-hand how a school which is truly centred on the care and progress of each, and every child continues to be both successful and widely well regarded amongst the local community and beyond”.
Following the assembly which enabled her to join in with the morning singing session Mrs Wheeler congratulated both the head and learners on the range of perceptive questions she was asked. She noted “It is impressive to see that young people have such an interest in what an MP’s job actually entails …and how parliament functions.” Adding “I truly hope that this interest continues as they move forward in their educational journey and encourages them to become active participants in our democracy by voting regularly when they become 18”.
Mrs Wheeler was particularly impressed with the support given by staff to learners with specific additional needs and agreed with both the Governors and Headteacher that the impact of COVID upon young people has been significant in both the UK and most of the world.
She also offered her sincere thanks to the Governors of the school who she recognised “work tirelessly for their school due to their commendable desire to support both the learners and staff , together with the local wider community”.