Caroline Flint joined staff and pupils at Pheasant Bank Academy this week to see for herself the remarkable progress the Junior School has made, as one of Doncaster’s most improved schools.
Deputy Head, Ryan Schofield showed Ms Flint around the refurbished school and she was joined by the newly elected Pupil Head, Alfie and Deputy Heads Ryan and Ania.
The MP was shown the new library and ended her tour joining the Gardening Project, planting lettuces and cauliflowers.
Said Caroline: “This visit was a breath of fresh air. Under the new leadership of Pippa Robinson, supported by Deputy Heads Ryan Schofield and Louise Musson, this school has been transformed.
“The whole place looks and feels different, including huge murals on almost every spare wall, depicting history from ancient times and characters in the children’s most popular books. The works done by a local artist have created the most striking school corridors I have seen anywhere. I also saw a brand new library, which is a brilliant space to encourage reading.
“And the leadership and involvement of pupils is second to none. From the election of a Pupil Headteacher and two Deputy Heads, to a school council, school ambassadors and pupil librarians, this is a school that practices pupil power, giving real responsibility to children.
“One of the pupils standing for election, stood on a manifesto of ’Everyone can Change’. This school is changing the outcomes for this generation of pupils. It is very positive and I hope more schools in Doncaster can reflect the ethos of quality teaching and effective learning that exists here.
“Parents should be very proud of the work their pupils are producing and Pippa Robinson should be proud of the change her staff are bringing about.”