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A group of schools in north Wiltshire were last week paid a visit by Education Minister Nick Gibb MP, including Springfields in Calne, which had the chance to show off its new academy status.
Mr Gibb also made trips to St Mary’s School, the private girls’ school in Calne, and Wootton Bassett School. He was accompanied on his trip by North Wiltshire MP James Gray and leader of Wiltshire Council Jane Scott.
Trystan Williams, head teacher at Springfields Academy, which recently became the first special school in the UK to be granted academy status, said: “It was great to have Mr Gibb visit the school. He was very interested to find out what was going on and what exciting changes we have had here.
“We had a good debate about the future of special schools and pupils questioned him on his views about things like the global war on terror. He was really pushed.”