Conservative candidate in the Corby and East Northants by-election Christine Emmett was joined by the Education Secretary Michael Gove today (Wednesday, November 7).
They visited Corby Technical School, a new Free School which opened in September. They took questions from the pupils during the school assembly and then had a tour of the school premises.
Mr Gove said: “It was a pleasure to come along and support Christine today and have the opportunity to visit Corby Technical School and see the excellent work of staff and pupils.
“Corby Technical School is a fantastic example of what Free Schools can provide to children. It is great to see an environment where teachers are free of bureaucracy and red tape and are left to focus on teaching our children to the highest standards.
“I find it shocking and disappointing that Labour in Corby oppose this tremendous school.
“Andy Sawford needs to come clean to the teachers, children and parents involved in Corby Technical School – will Labour close this fantastic free school?”
Mrs Emmett said: “It is amazing to see what Corby Technical School has achieved in such a short space of time since its launch in September.
“I hope that this school will inspire other teachers, parents and charities to come together to set up free schools in Corby and East Northamptonshire.”
Mrs Emmett also hosted Corby Futures Fair, a careers event for Year 10 students.
Guest speakers from the business world and further education ran short seminars sharing their experiences and explaining the options available to school leavers in Corby.
Speakers included David Jackson from Nital Training & Development, Laura-Jane Rawlings from Inspire2Exceed and Jo Garner from Connexions Northamptonshire. Mr Gove also spoke to the students.
Christine Emmett promised that if she got elected she would make the careers fair an annual event.
Labour’s Douglas Alexander, Sadiq Khan, Liam Byrne and Ivan Lewis are in the constituency tomorrow (Thursday, November 8) to support Andy Sawford.