MP for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis, used a rare Monday away from Westminster to spend time with the young talent of North Oxfordshire at their schools.
She began by visiting Heyford Park Free School, where two defibrillators were presented to the local community by Paul Silver, CEO of Dorchester Living. The defibrillator at Heyford Park Free School, on the side of the specialisms campus, will provide a useful resource for those in the area to use in case of emergency.
Victoria then attended the opening of the new site for St Edburg’s C of E Primary School, on the Kingsmere development in Bicester. After receiving a tour of the school, Victoria planted a tree with some pupils, and the Acting Bishop of Oxford, Colin Fletcher officially opened the site. The historic school bell, restored and engraved to mark the occasion, was rung by everyone present.
Finally, Victoria met staff, and was quizzed by pupils at Swalcliffe Park School. The school, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, is a centre of excellence and residential school for boys aged 11 to 19 who have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Questions were fired at Victoria on subjects including why she became an MP, the impact of HS2, and the Budget 2016.
Victoria commented “I really enjoy visiting schools and taking part in celebrations or other events they are organising. I visited three very different schools today, each with something special to offer its students. I am proud of our schools in the constituency, and want to work closely with them to help them grow and achieve even more.
“Heyford Park Free School has some incredibly exciting new facilities, and a team of teachers ready to welcome children into this new community.
“St Edburg’s brings a wealth of history from its Victorian building to a new part of Bicester. The old bell will remind them of this. It was a pleasure to participate in the opening ceremony.
“Swalcliffe Park has the most welcoming feeling when you arrive. In a stunning setting, it provides a great environment to support children with extra needs at school.”
Victoria plants a tree with pupils at St Edburg’s C of E Primary School, Bicester.