Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was shown the results of painstaking efforts by pupils to create a beautiful mural depicting a religious scene, when he paid a recent visit to Wickford Church of England Infant School.
Mark was given a tour of the school by headteacher Louise Johnson who showed him around the school buildings, some of which still date from the Victorian era. Mark also had an opportunity to meet with staff and pupils, many of whom clearly enjoyed being at the school.
Following his visit, Mark lobbied the highways department at Essex County Council to fill in a number of serious potholes in the road outside the school and it is hoped that this work will be undertaken shortly. In addition, Mark has also backed the school’s campaign to convert to primary status and he is continuing to pursue this with the education department at Essex County Council.
Commenting on his visit, Mark said:
“Wickford C of E infant school is a very good school which is already rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The teachers have a very caring ethos backed with a faith based aspect and this has proved popular with parents and pupils alike. I very much hope the school will be able to achieve primary school status in the near future and this is something I will continue to campaign for as the local MP. In the meantime, I really enjoyed seeing the pupils’ work, including the wonderful new mural and I intend to remain closely in touch with the school in the near future”