A head teacher from a Trafford high school visited 10 Downing Street after being invited by special invitation.
The special and inspiring visit took place on 20 March 2017. Prime Minister, Theresa May and Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening held a reception for teachers and students. The reception was attended by Urmston Grammar’s head teacher, Mrs Riffat Wall.
Mrs Wall was invited by special invitation and was allowed to take one student to the visit. Year 8 student, Ange Boli was chosen to go along with her head teacher.
At Downing Street, Mrs Wall and student, Ange firstly met Greening before being introduced to the Prime Minister. Also in attendance were a number of head teachers from other grammar schools, independent schools and faith schools.
These other head teachers came from across the country. Representatives from universities – those with links to state schools – were also in attendance.
May and Greening were eager to hear from head teachers and students. They were particularly interested in hearing about the work that goes on within schools.
The Prime Minister and Education Secretary expressed the government’s interest in creating good schools for all. May welcomed her guests and thanked them for the “leadership” they have “shown” and are “giving” to schools.
May said that these leaders are helping the government “deliver” in “that vital mission” of providing good schools. The Prime Minister said it was a priority to “shift” the education system.
Student, Ange was interviewed at number 10; she spoke of the importance of going to a good school. “My education is important to me and I am aiming quite high, so to go to a grammar school is amazing”.
Head teacher, Mrs Wall said the visit was “an amazing privilege to represent the school”.
In early March 2017 May unveiled plans for a new generation of grammar schools.