PM uses cutting humour to open learning block

PM uses cutting humour to open learning block

David Cameron with Nathan Young, 10

David Cameron with Nathan Young, 10

First published in Education

Prime Minister David Cameron praised a special school in Summertown, Oxford, yesterday for providing its students with “special moments”.

The Witney MP, pictured with pupil Nathan Young, 10, visited Northern House School yesterday to help open a new state-of-the-art building on the site.

The school provides an education for five- to 11-year-olds from across Oxfordshire who have learning difficulties.

The new building includes a food technology suite, library, rooms for special needs support and six classrooms.

It will become an academy – free from the financial control of the county council – from September.

The new block was opened by eight-year-old Cian Simmons, of Banbury, with Mr Cameron joking: “They have not given me the scissors because we do not want any more cuts.”

He added: “I am passionate about special schools and what they offer. I am sure you provide lots of special moments.”

Headteacher Ian Barker said: “The new block will make a huge difference. It is a very calm environment where children can learn and thrive.”

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