SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon turned his hand to teaching on 30 November 2011 by supporting Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, near Norwich, during nationwide industrial action by teachers.
Mr Bacon was asked to help by the Academy’s Principal, Rachel de Souza, who was singled out for praise by the Norfolk MP for her determination to keep Victory Academy open ‘whatever it takes’ during strike action.
Victory Academy, which was launched in 2010, recorded the biggest improvement of any school in the country when GCSE results were released in Summer 2011. Named after the flagship HMS Victory which was commanded by Norfolk’s most famous son, Admiral Lord Nelson, the Academy is organised into four colleges – Endeavour, Courage, Discovery and Enterprise – and expects high standards and commitment from its students.
Mr Bacon said: “I am a great admirer of Rachel de Souza and all she is doing for students in the Costessey area. Victory Academy has already made tremendous improvements since its launch last year and we cannot not afford to see progress disrupted.
“I was glad to help on what was potentially a difficult day for the Academy and for many other schools across the country. We cannot afford to put students’ education in jeopardy, no matter how strongly some teachers may feel about the present dispute.
“Whatever the nature of the disagreement, the students in our schools have no part in it. They do not deserve to have their education put at risk by irresponsible and thoughtless strike action. Those teachers and headteachers who worked hard to keep schools open on Wednesday deserve our warm thanks”.
1 December 2011
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