Stephen Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock today visited St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope where he met with staff, student’s and head teacher, Paul Griffiths for a wide ranging discussions about the school and future education opportunities in Thurrock.
Stephen said “It’s great to see a school like St Clere’s in my constituency, it deliverers a fantastic educational experience for its students. Last year the school achieved a 92% pass rate of 5 A* to C GCSE’s which is a great result.”
“It is also good to see that St Clere’s as a specialist Science school, an area I am particularly interested, is getting excellent science results. We need students to take an interest in Science to make sure Britain leads the way in innovation and ideas to attract international investment and to ensure that our businesses have the skilled staff they needed to remain world leaders.”
During the visit, Stephen was given a tour of St Clere’s where he was shown the teaching facilities and spoke to pupils and staff about the school. Stephen also visited a couple of the Science lessons.
Stephen, who has recently visited CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland as a Member of the Science & Technology Select Committee has also offered to facilitate links between the School and CERN, perhaps also encouraging students to visit the site in Geneva.
CERN is at the cutting edge of world scientific research, where, with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) they are investigating the very nature of the universe by examining the very smallest particle that make it up. Having seen the worlds largest and highest-energy particle accelerator I can honestly say that it is a sight to behold. Facilitating link between St Clere’s, with its specialist science status and CERN would be of vast benefit to its students and allow CERN to get more people excited about the scientific world.”