Bob Ainsworth – Member of Parliament for Coventry North East – has welcomed the news that Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools – has given a commitment to visit Richard Lee Primary School in Coventry on the 9th February 2012 at 10am. Bob intends to join the Minister during his visit to the school.
The visit comes after teachers and pupils took their campaign for funding for a full school rebuild to the Department for Education and Downing Street earlier this year.
“I explained to education Ministers the appalling conditions that teachers and pupils were being forced to work and learn in during a debate in Westminster Hall in March. At the time I was adamant that words alone could not adequately convey the full scale of the dreadful conditions of the school building and I therefore invited the Minister to visit the school. A similar invitation was later extended to Lord Hill during a meeting that the headteacher, governors, local Councillors and I had with him in July. Unfortunately, these invitations were declined.
“It is therefore welcome news that Nick Gibb has agreed to visit Richard Lee Primary School early next year. I hope that once he has recovered from the shock, because the condition of the school building is shocking, he will provide us with some certainty over capital funding allocations.
“The school is well led with an engaged and supportive governing body and teaching staff and fantastic pupils and it is a real shame that the building is threatening to undermine all the good work that is going on there”.