To mark World Book Day (Thursday 2 March), Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd visited West St Leonards Primary Academy on Friday 3 March.

The school achieved a ‘Good’ rating in its most recent Ofsted report.

During the visit Amber sat down with a group of students from Years 5 and 6. Each of the students was dressed as their favourite book characters. They showed Amber some of their work and discussed their ambitions for the future.

After this, Amber met with a student from Doves class – a class specifically designed for children with special educational needs. She also discussed the school’s methods for SEN teaching with class teacher Mrs Banks and Head Teacher Mrs Robinson. The school plans SEN classes to ensure that they are tailored to each child’s individual needs, including speech therapy and physiotherapy requirements.

Amber said: “World Book Day offers us a chance to celebrate the exciting opportunities which reading can hold – it was a pleasure to discuss these with pupils at West St Leonards Primary Academy and to hear about their favourite book characters.”

“I would like to pay tribute to the work of everyone at the school. This was recognised in a very positive report from Ofsted. The approach towards teaching children with special educational needs, with a strong emphasis on personalised learning, is outstanding.”




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Photo: Amber is pictured with students from Years 5 and 6, and Head Teacher Mrs Frances Robinson