Shadow education secretary visits Castleton Primary School


Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson visited Castleton Primary School and its Children’s Centre following their recent good Ofsted rating.

On the visit she met with staff and children and saw the vital work that they do to support children and families in the inner city community. 

Ms Phillipson and Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves were also able to meet with and speak to the school council about their roles in Parliament. As WLD reported in November, the school received rich praise from Ofsted inspectors during their most recent visit.

Headteachers of Castleton Primary School, Alistair Darnall and Andrea Riley said: “Following our recent successful Ofsted inspection, it was highlighted that staff ensure all our children can learn and achieve their full potential and are positive members of our school community.

“We are proud to create a safe haven where children can thrive, and the Ofsted team commended our staff for going above and beyond. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to show Bridget and Rachel around and talk about the work we do, and were recognised for by Ofsted.”

Bridget Phillipson MP, and Shadow Education Secretary said:  “It was a true pleasure visiting pupils and staff at Castleton Primary and to see the wonderful facilities on offer for children and families here in Armley.

“Provisions like the ones here at Castleton are more important than ever in ensuring all pupils get the best start in life, and the excellent childcare provision on offer is making a transformative difference to families in this area.” 

As Castleton Primary’s local MP, Rachel Reeves MP added: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Bridget to Armley, and to introduce her to the fantastic staff and pupils at Castleton Primary School. The school does great work supporting families in so many ways, despite facing more and more funding cuts. 

“I look forward to continuing to work with them to support families across Armley and Leeds West during this Cost of Living crisis.”

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