Minister meets his match at The King’s

Secetary of state for Education Michael Gove met the Prime Minister in Ottery on Friday, as Natalie Mckay is the PM of The Kings School Parliment. Photo by Terry Ife ref sho 4137-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Secetary of state for Education Michael Gove met the Prime Minister in Ottery on Friday, as Natalie Mckay is the PM of The Kings School Parliment. Photo by Terry Ife ref sho 4137-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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The Secretary of State for Education came away ‘very impressed’ from a visit to The King’s on his tour of schools in East Devon.

Michael Gove, accompanied by local MP Hugo Swire, was given a tour by sixth-formers, and engaged in a lively debate with the school parliament.

The minister even came face-to-face with its Prime Minister, Natalie McKay, as the students discussed the inclusivity of education and other hot topics.

Headteacher Faith Jarrett said: “I was just so proud of them, there was no need for me to step in and talk to Mr Gove about anything they did a brilliant job themselves.”

She said the Ottery academy ‘did things quite differently’, adding: “It felt like a very positive moment to give them this time with the minister.”

The education secretary attended a house assembly at The King’s before a question and answer session with a very different Cabinet to the one he is used to.

Its PM, Natalie, 18, said: “It was an eye-opening and interesting experience. The school council enjoyed the challenge of questioning a minister.”

Hugo Swire, who was showing Mr Gove schools and colleges in the area, said he was also suitably impressed with the students.

The East Devon MP said: “Whenever I have met students from The King’s, either locally or when they have come on trips to the House of Commons, I have been impressed by their intelligence, confidence and good manners.”

He said it was down to the leadership shown by Ms Jarrett and her staff, adding: “I am pleased to say that Michael Gove came away very impressed!”

The minister also visited Exmouth Community College, Clyst Vale Community School and Broadclyst Primary School before opening Bicton College’s EaRTH [corr] centre.

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