Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and Barbara visited HarropFoldSpecialistArtsCollege on Thursday 23rd April to see for themselves how the school was using the Extended Schools Initiative to improve its results.
Extra-curricular activities and after-school clubs are a key part of Extended Schools and at Harrop Fold the result of these initiatives has been better pass rates at GCSEs, now among the most improved results in the country.
Ed Balls and Barbara met pupils taking extra Maths and English classes and also saw pupils from an after-school music class and the schools' engineering club. They also met members of the School Council who told them how Harrop Fold's new building had radically improved both discipline and pupil's motivation in the school.
Ed Balls said:
"It seems to me that Harrop Fold has come a long way in the past few years. That's a real tribute to the head teachers and the governors but particularly to the teachers and the students"
"I am always impressed when I come to a school that has come on leaps and bounds in a few years and where the attitudes have changed and young people are saying "I'm ambitious for the future""
"It is great to see the progress made at Harrop Fold over the last few years is now turning into real achievements in terms of both the pupil's pride in their school and some of the most improved examination results in the country.
"Ed Balls and I were impressed by both the help and support given to pupils at the school and the confidence and commitment to do well that we saw in the pupils.
“I want to see Harrop Fold school continue to go from strength to strength in the new buildings and I am sure they will do so."