Gove praises MP on borough visit

Micheal Grove,Secretary of State for Education, with Philip Allott and tenyear-old Usmaan Khawaja at Parkinson Lane Primary School.
Micheal Grove,Secretary of State for Education, with Philip Allott and tenyear-old Usmaan Khawaja at Parkinson Lane Primary School.

The Education Secretary has praised Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker for his efforts to secure funding to re-build Todmorden High and Calder High Schools.

During a visit to Calderdale last week, Michael Gove said Mr Whittaker is the right man to lead the ongoing battle for funding to improve the facilities for staff and students at the two upper Calder Valley high schools.

Mr Gove said: “I know that he will not rest until he has achieved this.

“The Calder Valley could not have a better person to put the case.”

Todmorden High invested £250,000 over the summer to improve the school’s facilities, including new IT equipment.

Headteacher Andrew Whitaker is hopeful of securing more funding in the near future.

Mr Gove was in Calderdale on Friday afternoon as part of a tour of schools across West Yorkshire.

He called in at Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax, where he had a guided tour and watched performances by the school choir and a dance group.

During the visit, he addressed the national issue of growing demand for extra school places.

Calderdale Council has announced plans to create a “through school” at Halifax High to meet extra demand in the borough.

Mr Gove said it is important to make sure there is the right mix of schools, free schools and academies so parents have the choice of where to send their children.

“We have been given £300m by the Chancellor to spend on creating more school spaces and we need to allocate it carefully,” he said.