Another week of positive campaigning to reflect on. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement. It’s good to see so many posters going up around the area. I’ve been out and about campaigning in Scunthorpe, Bottesford, Messingham, Hibaldstow and Kirton-in-Lindsey and getting a good reception everywhere. Thank you!
And another thank you. Thanks to your generosity my marathon sponsorship has raised over £5,000 for two fantastic local charities – Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Scunthorpe Food Bank – as well as money for the three national pancreatic cancer charities. Thank you!
It was also good to pop in to say thank you to two great local secondary Head Teachers who are retiring in the summer. I joined the St Lawrence Academy for their Valediction Ceremony – a celebration of the work of the Year 11 students timed just before they take their GCSE exams. It was a fantastic occasion with parents and staff present. As one of the original Trustees of St Lawrence when I was John Leggott Principal it was particularly pleasing that the first Chair, the former Bishop of Grimsby, had returned to give the main address. Joan Barnes who leaves her post as Principal at the end of this year has done an outstanding job for the school and the wider community it serves.
I also popped into St Bede’s to be updated on the fantastic work going on there. With GCSEs about to start I found all the Year 11 focused on revision for their first exam, RE. Let’s hope they do as well as last year’s cohort who got over 75% A*-Cs in this subject. This is another school transformed over the current head teacher’s time. As I looked round the school I was reminded of how shabby the Thomas Sumpter that my three children had gone to had become before the Labour Government prioritised education and built all the new school buildings we now enjoy locally. It was good to say thank you to Michelle Travers for the outstanding job she has done for her school community and education locally. We are really fortunate to have such strong school and college leaders locally.
And, all Year 11s enter this year’s exam season, good luck to you all!