An MP said his “proudest moment” was touring a new school “instilled with a Christian moral ethos” he helped secure funding for.

Watford MP Richard Harrington visited St John’s School in Clarendon Road to meet with staff and pupils on November 2.

The politician, who secured Department for Education funding for the project, toured the facility with Father David Stevenson and headmistress, Helen Langeveld.

Mr Harrington said: “This week I experienced one of my proudest moments as an MP, as I toured St John's School and saw children learning in the brand new facilities.

“Having been involved in this from the start, from my meetings with ministers at the Department for Education to securing the site on Clarendon Road, I was so delighted to see the permanent building up and running.”

St John’s opened at a temporary site in 2016 while project managers looked for a permanent location in Central Watford and the parish of St John’s Church, who are sponsoring the school.

It eventually opened where the old Barclays Building was.

The school will cater reception through to Year Six pupils, accommodating up to 420 children when it reaches capacity in 2022.