It was an absolute pleasure to visit Kirkleatham Hall School last week. Thank you to all the staff and pupils for welcoming me. Headteacher Karen Robson and Chair of Governors Dr Doug Thomson took me on a tour around all of the different departments. It was also great to join the pupils for their Easter parade in the school hall which looked like a lot of fun.
The school caters for pupils aged 2 to 19 years who have a wide range of learning difficulties. It is a really impressive school and I was blown away by the positivity and enthusiasm throughout. The staff are dedicated to providing a supportive environment tailored to the needs of every child which vary greatly. I could see how much they cared for the children and that they went above and beyond. It was a really inspiring and thought provoking visit and it raised lots of issues about how we invest in education, particularly for those children who need the most support. The scrapping of Building Schools for the Future by the Coalition in 2010 robbed these children of a brand new, tailor-made facility, and cuts to funding across all schools will have a knock-on effect. It also raised the issue of support for adults with special needs as there is so little provision once they leave school.
Education must ensure all of our children can fulfil their potential. Kirkleatham Hall strives to achieve that. Thanks for inviting me.