Raising education standards across the borough is the aim of Councillor Tamoor Tariq, Bury Council’s new cabinet member for children and families.
He made his first official visit in his new role to Park View Primary School in Prestwich, where he was impressed with the range of facilities on offer.
Cllr Tariq said: “While school heads and governors are responsible for how each school is run, the local authority has a key role to play in driving forward school improvement and I will be working with schools and head teachers to ensure in Bury we are raising the aspirations and ambition of all our children.
“I was delighted to visit Park View Primary, which is an exemplar of good practice in ensuring children have the very best education. I am impressed with how headteacher Mr Stephens has led the school improvement efforts and how every teacher in the school is working to ensure every child is able to achieve.
“I was particularly impressed with the sensory room and the unique facility there is for young people with emotional and behavioural needs. I am looking forward to coming back to Park View in the near future.”
Headteacher David Stephens said: “It was a pleasure to receive a visit from the new cabinet member for children and families in Bury.
“Cllr Tariq attended our celebration assembly, followed by a tour of the school. He interacted with a number of children and staff and witnessed first-hand the hard work, dedication and commitment of our school team. He was particularly impressed with the positive behaviour of our children and the enjoyment they derive through exciting learning opportunities, which has a real impact in helping to raise standards.
“At Park View, we are committed to offering the best possible education to each and every child in order for them to achieve their full potential. Cllr Tariq regarded our sensory and therapeutic provision for those children with additional needs as a highly valuable resource that helps to remove barriers to learning and makes a real difference.”