Thriving school celebrates top class results

AS I OCCASIONALLY do, I thought I’d update readers on my most recent day of visits and meetings throughout my Horsham Parliamentary constituency.

I visited Tanbridge House School in Horsham during the morning. I’d been invited by inspirational head teacher, Jules White, so he could fill me in on school news and so that we might talk about local and national education policy more generally.

I always enjoy visiting Tanbridge – over the last few years it’s become a thriving and close-knit school community and it’s no wonder that last year they celebrated their best ever GCSE results.

I was absolutely delighted to meet Head Girl, Robyn Hockley, and Head Boy, Joe Brunning, as well as members of the school’s Student Board - a group made up of students from each year group who aim to represent the opinions and ideas of the school as a whole.

They were a really engaged, switched-on bunch who asked me some great questions – but more than that, initiated and contributed to interesting discussions about life at the school, plans they have for their future and their opinions on issues surrounding education. I’m proud of the quality of the schools - their students and their staff - that we have in and around Horsham and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Tanbridge.

Later in the day, I visited Hepworth and Co Brewers, a wonderful local company making great beer! I welcomed the opportunity to have a catch-up with managing director, Andy Hepworth, and congratulate the Hepworth team on their most recent success – winning the Society of Independent Brewer’s Supreme Champion Gold award at this year’s Craft Beer in Keg competition!

It’s great to see a local company doing well and Hepworth’s is one of a number of fantastic Horsham breweries keeping the brewing tradition alive and well in our town.

I visited a couple of other local businesses and, as my late-afternoon advice surgery took place in Crawley Down, also visited a local resident at home. If any readers find it difficult to get to a scheduled advice surgery, I’m always happy to make home visits.

The day concluded with a jolly event – me handing over Sport England’s Olympic legacy lottery funding £50,000 cheque to Horsham’s Trinity Cricket Club. The club, which has played at The Recreation Ground, Victory Road, since its foundation in 1921, will benefit from an upgrade to its pavilion, changing facilities and club area.

This was a wonderful occasion and I hope lots of local people enjoy the upgraded facilities for many years to come.

FRANCIS MAUDE

MP for Horsham