A STROUD headteacher recently visited Downing Street after being nominated as an education community champion. 

Mark McShane from Stroud High School was invited by Siobhan Baillie MP to attend a Community Education Champions Reception.

He was nominated for his dedication to education with the theme for the event ‘Helping every child reach their potential’.

Mr McShane met with the schools minister Damian Hinds and with other champions from across the UK who were also recognised for their work.

“It was great to be able to spend time talking about education and the Stroud area with Siobhan and the minister,” he said. 

“Alongside open and frank discussions about educational funding, we were able to talk about national issues such as the current consultation on guidance for schools for Gender Questioning Students, the challenges facing child mental health services as well as very local issues, about how we can get young people to respect our surroundings in Stroud such as the canal paths."

Ms Baillie said: “I was really pleased Mark was able to come and be honoured for what he does so well. 

“I could have happily nominated every headteacher in the district so it was difficult to choose only two.  

“I have been to Stroud High many times and I am always impressed with the leadership and how pupils are listened to and able to give their views and campaign so freely on issues that concern them like highlighting the sexual harassment they receive in uniform.

“I have a great deal of respect for the tireless commitment that our teachers give to local children and families. 

“It is important that they receive my thanks and praise from senior government ministers.”

The head of Archway Kieron Smith was also nominated and invited by Siobhan to the event but he could not make it.