Gibraltar MP visits Colnbrook to learn how to turn around a failing school

An MP from Gibraltar met with Colnbrook Primary headteacher Jeremy Meek last week to learn first hand how to turn around a failing school.

Gibraltarian opposition MP, Isobel Ellul-Hammond, met with Colnbrook headteacher Jeremy Meek and consultant Jean Pinkerton.

Gibraltarian opposition MP, Isobel Ellul-Hammond, met with Colnbrook headteacher Jeremy Meek and consultant Jean Pinkerton.

Isobel Ellul-Hammond, Opposition MP with responsibility for Health & Social Services visited Colnbrook C of E Primary School on June 5.

The member of the Gibraltar Social Democrats party had discussions with head teacher Jeremy Meek and ‘consultant for failing schools’ Jean Pinkerton, one of series of meetings with Education and Health special advisors.

The trip was organised with the help of the ‘Conservative International Office’ in London.  She also met with the former Special Advisor to the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley.

She reportedly learned from the head and staff how together they had turned around the school and made it a success story after having had ‘special measures’ imposed on them by Ofsted two years ago.

Mrs Ellul-Hammond also visited the inner city ‘South Thames College’ in Wandsworth.

Following the visit to Colnbrook she tweeted that it had been “an inspiring visit”.

The Gibraltar Chronicle quoted Mrs Ellul-Hammond as saying:

“It is after visits such as these that matters are put much more into perspective. There are many examples of success stories in the Health and Educational establishments of the UK, where problems they have faced have been solved creatively.”

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