Seven bright-spark students from the Newark constituency joined me on my visit to Cambridge University to find out more about the incredible institution and the somewhat daunting admissions process.
We were welcomed by the Access Officer at St John’s College, of which I am an alumnae, who had devised a fantastically informative itinerary for the day, covering advice on applications, student finance, information about Cambridge and a guided tour of the College.
It was a pleasure to show the select Newark students the wonders of Cambridge life and to familiarise them with the applications process. I am thrilled that all seven students will be applying to Oxbridge and wish them the very best of luck.
A series of bold decisions and investments – locally and by the government – are coming together to offer the most positive future for education in this area in living memory.
The Newark Academy has been re-built, has been placed into the custodianship of the excellent and demanding Torch Academy Trust and will be officially re-opened in October in a spirit of great and warranted optimism.
The final act of David Cameron as PM was to approve the building of an entirely new school, the Newark Toot Hill Free School. It aims to swiftly establish itself as an outstanding school and to encourage the almost 50% of parents who send their children out of town, to Toot Hill in Bingham and elsewhere to send their children to this and other Newark schools. I’m proud to have played my part in winning this historic investment equivalent to tens of millions of pounds in our area.
We have a new head teacher arriving at the Magnus Academy and having met with the Diocese and Bishop Paul, I know how committed they are to raising standards.
Toot Hill and the Minster continue to thrive.
Progress is being made towards the rebuilding of the Orchard School and I am working closely with the government and Notts County Council to gather a financial package.
There are plans for new primary schools and several excellent schools from East Bridgford to Newark’s Bailey Academy have exciting plans to spread their standards and values.
The best education is subversive, it challenges preconceptions and the status quo. I want the jigsaw puzzle we are gradually piecing together to be transformative for our area and the lives of those who grow up here now and in the future.
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