Welcoming the Education Secretary to Christ The King, Alfreton

On Friday 14th March I had the pleasure of welcoming Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Education, to Christ the King Catholic Primary School of Firs Avenue, Alfreton.

I wanted to bring the Education Secretary to Amber Valley to show him the school, which is a shining example of excellence in primary education – the latest Key Stage two results were outstanding, with 93 93% of pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths, compared to a national average of 75%.

Mr Gove and I took the opportunity to speak with Headteacher, Helena Carrazedo and her staff and pupils.

Nigel Mills MP with Helena Carrazedo, Headteacher of Christ the King School, and Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

Nigel Mills MP with Helena Carrazedo, Headteacher of Christ the King School, and Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education

It was great for me to be able to show the Education Secretary what a great school we have here. The staff are incredibly talented and hard-working, and foster an excellent education environment and really encourage the pupils to learn.

I also took the opportunity to welcome the announcement of £14 million of additional funding to schools in Derbyshire in 2015/16, which is part of a proposed £350 million boost to the most underfunded local authorities. It represents a huge step towards removing the unfairness in the school funding system – a situation we inherited from the previous Government.

I am confident that the additional funding will help to ensure that local children are prepared for their future so that they can get on and do well in life.