Posted on: 21st October 2020
Ormiston NEW Academy in Wolverhampton welcomed a special visitor last week to tour the Academy, meet staff and students and learn more about the progress being made at the school.
Jane Stevenson was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East at the 2019 general election and visited the site in Fordhouses to learn more about the progress being made at the Academy.
Principal, Craig Cooling, said: “We were pleased to be able to welcome our local MP, Jane Stevenson, to NEWA and show her around the Academy. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far and I think, like me, she is excited about the potential we have here.
“She was keen to meet some students studying politics and despite having to ensure we followed all Covid guidance to keep everyone safe, it was an incredibly beneficial meeting for all. Providing real-world experiences for our students is key to us enabling them to fulfil their ambitions and I was incredibly grateful that Jane spent time with them.”
The students, all in year 13, are studying politics at A level and spent time quizzing the MP about life as a parliamentarian and talking about the current political climate. Jane Stevenson was also given a Covid-safe tour of the site and was able to learn about some of the changes that have been introduced since Mr Cooling became Principal.
Jane Stevenson, MP for Wolverhampton North East, said: “I was delighted to visit Ormiston NEW Academy and learn from Mr Cooling about the fantastic progress that staff and students have made over recent years. The introduction of a new Academy tie will help to create a strong identity that pupils can be proud of. It was also great to meet some year 13 politics students to answer their questions about the current political situation, and find out more about their political interests and ambitions.
“I know it has been a very challenging time for schools across Wolverhampton, but it is really pleasing to see students back behind desks and reunited with their friends after such a long time away. Education is so important for the life chances of young people, and I will do everything I can to make sure schools in Wolverhampton North East have the support they need going forward.”
The Academy will also be supporting Jane Stevenson’s campaign to encourage residents across the city to put pictures or drawings of poppies in their windows ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 8th November. With remembrance services scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, she is urging people to find other ways of showing their support to our Armed Forces and those who have given their lives fighting for our country.
The Royal British Legion has voiced concerns about the impact that coronavirus will have on its fundraising efforts this year, with fewer people using shops and High Streets where they would usually donate and get a lapel poppy. Poppies will still be available in shops this year, but people can also buy a whole range of products in the RBL online shop or make donations online. The RBL is also providing colour posters on its website that can be printed and put up in windows, as well as ones that can be coloured in and then displayed. Ormiston NEW Academy will be proudly displaying their poppies and encouraging staff and students to do the same to ensure that we never forget.
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