David Drew MP – listening to Stroud schools
One of my aims since being re-elected has been to visit every school in the constituency. So far, I’ve been to every secondary, and around half of the primary schools.
After my week in Westminster, I always look forward to these Friday visits, which are an opportunity to talk to headteachers about concerns, as well as hear about the achievements of our children and teachers.
There’s no doubt that schools face many challenges, mainly because of budget constraints, but these visits remain inspiring and enjoyable.
I’ve seen schools working hard to protect their environment with projects ranging from tackling plastic to growing their own food. I’ve taken part in discussions on Brexit and Question Time sessions and, this Friday, was pleased to join SGS College for their annual prize day – while my staff in the office enjoyed a visit from an enthusiastic young team of reporters from Haresfield C of E Primary School.
It’s always a pleasure to talk to young people and hear how engaged they are with public life and their enthusiasm for shaping their future.
This is why I also want to encourage schools to visit Westminster. They are always welcome and tours can be booked with the Parliamentary Education service, which has world class visitor facilities for school children of all ages. Travel subsidies are available and I do my best to juggle my diary so that I can meet up with Stroud groups in Westminster.
Information about school visits is on my website, daviddrewmp.org.uk, as well as on the parliamentary website.