Enthusiastic pupils at Kimberley School were given the opportunity to put questions to Education Secretary Michael Gove in a special after-school visit to the academy.
The Secretary of State, who was invited to the school by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry, was given a tour of the school’s facilities, on Newdigate Street, by head teacher, Chris Teal, followed by a student question time.
Student representatives from the school council quizzed the MP and Secretary of State on topics of school uniform, university fees, youth unemployment and the HS2 high-speed railway.
Mr Gove said it had been a pleasure to have the opportunity to answer students’ questions.
“The school’s facilities are fantastic and it’s great to see pupils so enthusiastic and taking an interest in the school system,” he added.
“This school is a wonderful example of what academy status can bring - you can see how happy the staff and students I have met today are.”
His visit comes as the National Union of Teacher’s prepare to strike on March 26, commenting on this he said: “The fact we only have one union now striking means progress, it’s a small barrier.”
“Once the strikes are over we can focus on further talks in hope of compromise.
Mr Teal proudly said that the visit was wonderful, particularly for the school, staff and pupils to get the recognition their hard work deserved.