This morning we welcomed London Borough of Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs and Councillor Danny Hassell to Rachel Keeling Nursery School. They spent time touring the nursery, looking at the wonderful provision children experience every day, discussing the exceptional outcomes for our children as a result of this engagement and meeting children, families, staff and governors.
The Mayor and Councillor Hassell were very impressed with what they saw and the conversations they had with families who shared the impact of our community school in their children and families. Many families shared their concerns about our future and the impact of the funding cuts we are experiencing. The Mayor and Councillor Hassell were keen to engage with children and staff too and asked many questions around our funding, special educational needs and our families.
Having the opportunity to showcase our wonderful school is always wonderful and it is very exciting when visitors understand our ethos and recognise the importance of our role in the lives of young people in Tower Hamlets.
After they left the excitement of the visit has obviously spread to the children: Romy spotted another child wasting cereal at the breakfast table and told them "Don't waste food, we need money to keep our school open. That's why the Mayor was here this morning!" And another child, Max, piped up "I think the Mayor lives in a submarine!" Romy said "He lives in a castle!"
The future Mayors and Councillors may be already attending Rachel Keeling!