Speaking after the visit, Conor said:
“I was impressed with the fantastic work and atmosphere at Lansbury Bridge when I met some of the staff, pupils and governors. And, I was glad to get the chance to talk to one of the students, Ben Smith, who touched everyone after his mother, Gail Twist, posted online the inspirational letter sent to her autistic son Ben by his teacher Mrs Clarkson. She talked about how 11-year-old Ben from St Helen had made fabulous progress and how he had a range of talents beyond his SATs results.
\n”I enjoyed my visit to the school and would like to thank headteacher Jane Grecic and the Chair of Governors Christine Tyler for welcoming me and showing me around.
\n”It was a pleasure to meet the students and learn from them about their experiences at Lansbury Bridge. The letter to Ben is just one example of the excellent teaching in schools across the constituency. But we need to make sure that, once young people have benefited from a good education, they have the right life chances after leaving school.
\n”I have raised a number of issues with Government ministers over special educational needs provision, including what more can be done to improve workplace opportunities for students leaving Lansbury Bridge and other similar schools.”