MP impressed with first class visits

MP Julian Smith during his visit to Ings Primary School in Skipton.
MP Julian Smith during his visit to Ings Primary School in Skipton.
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Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon Julian Smith visited Ings Primary School in Skipton earlier this month.

Mr Smith was shown round the school and met pupils of all ages.

MP Julian Smith ended his visit to Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School with a Q&A session.

MP Julian Smith ended his visit to Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School with a Q&A session.

Mr Smith also had a long discussion with the school’s headteacher Donna Makepeace before meeting with some of the dedicated members of staff.

This included the head chef who has been at Ings Primary School for more than 16 years.

Mr Smith said: “I pay tribute to the dedication and focus of all the staff at Ings School who are doing everything they can to turn the school around and to get it back on track.

“I was impressed by what I saw and hope to be able to visit again soon.”

Mr Smith also visited Baldersby St James Church of England Primary School to see the students’ garden and speak to them about his work as their MP.

Mr Smith was shown around the school garden by the students in the gardening club, who also described some of their healthy lifestyle activities and projects.

He then spoke to the students in years five and six, telling them about his work as an MP, Government Whip and Vice-Chamberlain to the Household, before ending his visit with a Q&A session.

Mr Smith said: “It was fantastic to see how dedicated the children were in looking after their garden and it is clear that they are really getting involved in this work.

“I was very impressed by the number of clever and focused questions that the children asked of me.”