Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Baroness Karren Brady, Nick de Bois MP and the Chair of Kingsmead School Governors, Mr Andrew Nicholas, visited Kingsmead School Monday 2nd February 2015.
On Monday 2nd February 2015 at 11.30 a.m. the Prime Minister arrived at Kingsmead School in a large cavalcade of official vehicles. The Head Boy & Girl along with their Deputies were at the gate to escort Mr Cameron, who was accompanied by Secretary of State for Education the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP and other dignitaries.
Mrs Barry, Head of Kingsmead School and Mr de Bois, MP for Enfield North were in the school reception to meet the VIPs and to take them to the school conference room where the Kingsmead Deputy Heads, Ms Pickering, Mr Plowman, Ms Evans and Mr Greany and the Chair of School Governors, Mr Nicholas were waiting to present Mr Cameron with a gift of some framed photographs produced by Kingsmead students. There followed an educational discussion with Mr Cameron being well informed of many aspects of school life at Kingsmead.
Mrs Barry then led Mr Cameron and Ms Morgan on a tour of the school, calling in on a Year 10 Statistics class led by Maths teacher Mr Walsh and then on to a Year 7 Physics practical lesson with Deputy Learning Director of Science Ms Hardman assisted by Learning Director of Science Mr Kozah and Year 7 Senior Leadership Link Mrs Richardson.
Whilst the tour was being conducted, Baroness Karren Brady, a high profile business advisor to the government, was meeting the Kingsmead School Enterprise Group. This is a group led by Deputy Learning Director of Materials & Graphics Technology, Mr Hoyte. They have won several awards in national competitions including Best Innovation & Overall Company at Deutsche Bank Young Entrepreneurs, as well as the Innovation Award & Runner-Up Overall Best Company at the national level of the same competition.
At 12.15 p.m. Mr Cameron, Ms Morgan and the rest of the party went to the Kingsmead Gym where national and local press plus invited guests were waiting for Mr Cameron to give an important speech on education in which he praised the leadership of Kingsmead School.
At the end of his speech, Mr Cameron took a question from our Deputy Head boy who asked, "Why here, Why Kingsmead?" The Prime Minister replied,"I was looking for a school that demonstrated what I have been talking about here today. If you have a school like this with great leadership, committed teachers and set expectations and ambitions high, then you can provide a greater education for children, no matter where they come from, no matter how difficult the circumstances might have been where they have been brought up; that to me is what Kingsmead is all about."
This speech was broadcast live on several national news channels and reported by most local and national newspapers. Mrs Barry, Headteacher, said to one of the many reporters, "It has given everyone such a boost around the school, especially his complementary comments about Kingsmead. Our staff and pupils work tirelessly to improve our fantastic school and that has been shown by the number of pupils now staying on to sixth form, more than 300 and our A Level results are in the top five per cent nationally. Our motto 'Dream, Believe, Achieve', really struck a chord with the Prime Minister and it will be something we will cherish for a long time."
The group stayed a while longer answering questions before they were whisked away to their next appointment.