Visit from Local MP – Danny Kruger

MP, Danny Kruger interviewed by children on visit to Chilton Foliat Primary School 

Storm Alex was the backdrop to local MP Danny Kruger MBE’s visit to Chilton Foliat Primary School on Friday.

Danny visited the school as part of a fact-finding mission to learn more about how small schools play such a vital role in supporting rural community cohesion.  During the visit he also learnt more about the power of the school’s Growth Mindset Model to “strive to improve heart and mind” and its Christian values of thankfulness, courage and love.

He was guided around the school by the head girl and head boy, accompanied by headteacher Katie Turner.

The pupils enjoyed the opportunity to showcase the school’s recently upgraded facilities, particularly the school’s new building housing both a new classroom and the new, much-loved Community Clubhouse which provides the school’s popular twice-daily wraparound childcare offering. Pupils shared their enthusiasm at being back in the classroom and Danny was told about how the ethos of “Growth Mindset” played a key role in the months of home schooling earlier in the year. Others told him about the French letters to their pen pals in France, and the delicious home-cooked meals cooked on site, which nowadays is so unusual, particularly for small schools.

The pupils had a number of questions to ask him too, and the interview conducted by the children can be found by clicking on the link below.

Chilton Foliat pupils interview Danny Kruger MP

Danny was impressed by the school, commenting in his constituency newsletter that: “It’s the sweetest school imaginable, with vast grounds and a lovely new clubhouse built with the generous support of the local community. The school has four classes which gives it a wonderful family feel, supported by its strong Christian ethos.”

“It was a privilege to showcase our school to Danny, who was very interested in the role that we play in our local community and the challenges that our pupils, parents and staff were faced with during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier in the year,” adds Katie Turner, headteacher at Chilton Foliat Primary School.

Situated in the small but thriving village of Chilton Foliat, the school was awarded an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating earlier this year. The school welcomes children from West Berkshire and Wiltshire across all year groups.  Visits can be arranged and Open Mornings will be held on Saturday 17th October and Saturday 14th November.

The role of the village school in the community

Please feel free to contact the school office for further information on admin@chiltonfoliat.wilts.sch.uk or tel: 01488 682630

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