Secretary of State, Michael Gove, came to Woodside High yesterday morning to officially open the new block. Interestingly, when I was there a few months ago answering children’s questions about life and politics – the Head (Joan McVitie) told me that Michael had actually come and spent a whole day there a couple of years ago – before his current role. He had wanted to spend time in a school that had the sort of challenges Woodside had – huge diversity, challenging home backgrounds, poor results and so on.
So today was a real celebration of the huge achievements that have been attained by Woodside. I meet many people in my role – and every once in a while there’s one who stands out a mile. Joan McVitie, Head of Woodside High, is one such.
Joan has taken this school from being very low in spirits and results – really struggling – to this last year getting the fourth best results in the borough – and that is really an incredible and inspiring example that demonstrates that there is no school and no pupil who cannot achieve.
The new block is just fantastic – light and airy and beautifully equipped – a real boost or reward for all the hard work that Joan, the Governors,the teachers and pupils have put in to make such leaps and bounds in terms of progress.