On Thursday 2nd February, we were visited by Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party and our local MP. Mr Davey and his colleague Fran were invited by Lara Birkett, our Head of KS4 & Careers Lead as an opportunity for Ed to see our school and meet some of our students. As a school, we are keen to broaden the opportunities for our young people in terms of careers and employment, so Mr. Davey spoke at length with both Mr. Walsh and Miss Birkett about future endeavours and media prospects.
Mr Davey joined our Deputy Head and one of our school counsellors, Callum, on a tour of the school and viewed some of our exciting and engaging lessons first-hand. He spoke to various students, teachers and trainee teachers about our school, and we shared some of our exciting site-development plans with him. Mr Davey last visited our school 13 years ago, and there have been many changes since then, both to our site and the number of students we have on roll.
After the school tour, Mr. Davey and Miss Birkett discussed the current statistics surrounding adults with a learning disability in full-time paid employment and agreed that more must be done to ensure a higher percentage of those with a learning disability can gain meaningful employment.
St. Philip’s will be contacting the Kingston Chamber of Commerce to explore a partnership, as well as liaising with the Kingston Nub news to publish an article centred on young adults with learning disabilities and careers/ employment.