On Friday 18th November we were visited by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education.
Mr Gove arrived at 11am and spent some time with Dame Yasmin before visiting the sports hall where he observed students who were participating in a wide range of sporting activities for Children in Need. The media were also present with reporters from the Herald and Post and BBC Look East recording the event as it unfolded.
Whilst in the sports hall Mr Gove surprised everyone by having a go at ‘speed bouncing’. He then talked with some of the student participants about their experiences at Denbigh high school before meeting with Dame Yasmin, Mr Connor and a group of student representatives.
When introducing himself to the students Mr Gove said: “One of the reasons why I wanted to come along was I had heard so many good things about the school. Dame Yasmin always said that the best thing about the school is the students, so I thought I should have a chance to meet you if I’m going to tell David Cameron what makes a good school.”
Mr Gove then asked many questions about life at Denbigh which were all answered intelligently and eloquently by the students who were an absolute credit to the school. He was also very interested in the books that the students had been reading lately and asked about their favourite authors.
Mr Gove, his colleagues and the media entourage then went on a brief tour of some mathematics, English and geography lessons before dropping in on the library where students were actively engaged in accelerated reading.
The day’s event resulted in some extensive media coverage both locally and nationally and Mr Gove was extremely impressed with his visit to Denbigh high school. He told the Luton News: “I’ve had a great time, Denbigh is an amazing school. Luton is a town on the up and has a great educational record which is improving all the time.
“Dame Yasmin has been doing a superb job here for a number of years and you can tell that the students are immensely proud of their school.”