Conservative Leadership contender Boris Johnson was in Highbridge, Somerset, to visit a school which has been dubbed one of the most inspirational in the country.
Boris took time out of his busy schedule to meet students aged 9 to 15 who work out of the Jill Dando News Centre at The King Alfred School Academy, which is one of the county’s fastest improving schools.
The school is part of The Priory Learning Trust, which also contains Priory and Worle community school in Weston-super-Mare.
Boris was given a tour of the Jill Dando News Centre as part of the visit.
Jill died 20 years ago in April and along with Boris was an award-winning journalist in the 1980s and 90s.
Now students at TKASA and across The Priory Learning Trust are working with Jill’s brother Nigel and local journalists to get out hundreds of inspirational good news stories across their communities.
Since The Priory Learning Trust started to assist TKASA 18 months ago it has introduced a raft of measures that has now seen it improve in a whole range of areas.
Earlier this year it set up Britain’s first school based scout group with 100 members and was praised by Bear Grylls and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Principal Nathan Jenkins said: “The Jill Dando News Centre students have been fantastic around our school, full of enthusiasm and talent. It has been an excellent year and we many much more exciting things to come.”
Neville Coles, Executive Principal of TPLT said: “We are delighted at the progress of TKASA and the Jill Dando reporters have been able to report on the considerable successes of students. We are grateful to the local MP James Heappey and Boris Johnson for coming to see our students and developments.”