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Secretary of state for education Michael Gove visits Francis Combe Academy
Secretary of state for education Michael Gove visited a Garston academy today.
The Conservative minister was given a tour of Francis Combe Academy by the school’s head boy and head girl this afternoon.
He was joined by Watford MP, Richard Harrington and the school’s principal, Debbie Warwick, as he was taken around the Horseshoe Lane academy.
Mr Gove observed a number of lessons before joining teachers delivering part of a Year 10 history lesson. He was also given the chance to see the school’s mentoring programme in progress.
Following the visit, Mr Gove said: "I have enjoyed my visit to Francis Combe Academy and the opportunity to see a thriving academy in action.
"The building, staff and students are all very impressive and testament to the positive improvements that a school can make under an academy programme. I am pleased that so many secondary schools in Watford are now an academy and continuing to do well."
Mr Harrington said: "I am very grateful that Mr Gove took the time to see Francis Combe Academy, a school that the whole town should be very proud of.
"Every time I visit I am continually impressed by the high standards achieved by pupils and teachers, both of whom are an asset to the school and the wider community.
"The visit allowed the secretary of state to see firsthand how achieving Academy status can make such a difference to schools and in the case of Francis Combe, really turn performance around."
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