Hartlepool schools have been given royal praise from one of the Queen’s representatives.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon has praised the work of Hartlepool schools and colleges following a visit to the town.
The town’s Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet, mayoress Councillor Sheila Griffin and Councillor Chris Simmons, chair of the council’s Children’s Services Committee, hosted the special guest during the day-long tour.
Mrs Snowdon visited West View Primary School and English Martyrs School & Sixth Form College and performed the official opening at the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the former Brierton School site.
Speaking at the official opening of CETL, the Lord Lieutenant said: “This is an absolutely fantastic facility which I understand will be used by the whole community to encourage lifelong learning and play a key role in the ongoing efforts to drive up education standards across the town.
“It gives me enormous pleasure to be given the opportunity to officially open this building. There is a great passion in Hartlepool for education; you have a very hard-working and committed local authority and it’s great to see everyone working together to ensure that children and young people in the town reach their full potential.”
There is a great passion in Hartlepool for educationSue Snowdon, Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham
The Lord Lieutenant was equally impressed following her visit to the two schools.
The visit by the Queen’s representative started at West View Primary School where Headteacher Andy Brown conducted a tour of the school and facilities.
She said: “There is a great sense of passion at West View Primary School and there is no doubt that it punches well above its weight. School numbers have grown considerably over the years and this is a reflection of the considerable progress it continues to make.”
Following the official opening of CETL and a tour of the impressive building, The Lord Lieutenant visited English Martyrs where she was welcomed by the new headteacher Stephen Hammond along with the head boy Sam Burrell, head girl Philippa Jarvis, deputy head boy Luke Stamper and deputy head girl Connie Sullivan.
She said: “English Martyrs School & Sixth Form College has an enviable track record of high achievement, and it continues to produce many outstanding students. The school oozes enthusiasm and I was particularly impressed with the high calibre of art in many forms produced by the students.”
Coun Fleet said: “The Lord-Lieutenant has visited Hartlepool on a number of occasions recently and clearly she takes a great interest in what is happening in our town.”
CETL’s facilities include a conference hall, conference suite and four meeting rooms which all have wi-fi, hearing loops and IT facilities. It opens from 7am to 9pm and can be booked for a wide range of meetings and events.
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