Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Gareth Snell visits former high school in Bentilee

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Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Gareth Snell visited his former high school to see the progress being made by the Discovery Academy in Bentilee.

Mr Snell met with student prefects to discuss initiatives they have taken to make improvements to the former Mitchell High where Mr Snell studied before he became a politician.

He was invited back by Councillors Stephen Funnell and Sheila Pitt, who he met at the academy, alongside Principal Simon French.

Mr Snell met with prefects Amy Stratford, 15, and Alex Beardmore, 15, who took him on a tour of the school with Principal French, while explaining their work mentoring younger students, and ensuring all pupils have a voice.

Mr Snell said: “This school is showing an example of what education in our city can be.

“It’s exceptional, and young people are getting the education they need.

“Young people from Stoke are going on to do the best they can, and I’m proud this school is in my constituency, to take our city forward.”

Alex said: “I found having Mr Snell in exciting because it makes me feel very privileged as a student to have an MP view the school.”

Amy added: “It was a privilege to have him here.

“He’s an exceptional man and a lot of people look up to him.”

Principal Mr French said: “It’s really important for the MP to see the work that staff and students are doing here, to see how we’re engaging with the community.

“And to see how our mission statement – ‘Expect Excellence’ – is evolving.

“I think it’s a real privilege for the students and that they’ve enjoyed it.

“They’re great ambassadors for the academy.

“They spoke confidently, and they were proud to show the academy off.”

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