Secretary of State and MP visits PTC
VIP's visit to see our committment to the Arts and Enrichment Activities
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Stourbridge’s General Election Conservative candidate Margot James, visited our school yesterday (Wednesday) as Ms James wanted to showcase Pedmore's "commitment to music, arts and other enrichment activities" to Mr Javid.
She said: "I was delighted to welcome Sajid Javid to Stourbridge. I know how important the arts are to a well-rounded education, and so it was very useful to speak to headmaster Mr Lloyd about the impact of school league tables on lessons of this kind. We also had the opportunity to observe a year eight music class, and Sajid was very impressed with both the teaching and the students.”
Mr Lloyd said, “The opportunity arose following the NUT Education Question Time event that was hosted by PTC on Monday 20 April. Several participants expressed concern at the ‘squeezing out’ of the Arts from the curriculum due to government accountability measures such as the EBacc and the new ‘Progress 8’ . Margot James contacted the school to see if we wanted to meet with the Culture Secretary to discuss how this issue was affecting students at Pedmore. Although it was a whistle-stop visit, we were able to share some of our concerns and, by visiting a Year 8 music lesson, Sajid and Margot were able to see first-hand some of the talented students we have at our school.”