Education minister and local MP pay tribute to St Francis School head teacher

The leadership of a Fareham school has been commended by politicians in the House of Commons after education minister Nadhim Zahawi and local MP Suella Braverman paid tribute to St Francis Special School and the service of its longstanding head teacher Steve Hollinghurst.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education was responding to a question from Fareham MP Suella Braverman, who highlighted the school’s invaluable service in providing learning opportunities to more than 200 children with special educational needs in Fareham. As well as praising Mr Hollinghurst’s record of service, Mrs Braverman also pressed the minister about what further support was being provided to special schools and vulnerable children.

Mr Zahawi responded by offering his assurances that every local authority would be benefitting from increased provisions according to the Government’s new education proposals.

Afterwards, Suella Braverman MP said:

“I was pleased to draw Parliament’s attention to the leadership and work of St Francis School and I welcome the supportive statements from the minister. Having visited St Francis on a number of occasions, I have always been deeply impressed and inspired by the dedication and expertise of the staff in providing such an essential service to some of Fareham’s most vulnerable children.”