MP’s special visit to special school

MP John Healey meets with Principal Gillian Roberts and members of the school council during a visit to Robert Ogden School.

MP John Healey meets with Principal Gillian Roberts and members of the school council during a visit to Robert Ogden School.

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WENTWORTH and Dearne MP John Healey paid a visit to Thurnscoe’s Robert Ogden School recently, for a meet-and-greet with staff and pupils.

The school is the biggest of its kind nationally for children with autism.

Mr Healey, visiting on Friday February 11, was shown around the facilities and spoke with students and teachers, including members of the school council.

Principal Gillian Roberts told the Times: “The children from the school were thrilled to meet Mr Healey.

“During his visit, he met representatives of the school council and talked to them about current political issues that affect them, such as the impact of cuts.

“They also discussed the election process – which they compared to the method by which school council members are elected. His visit developed their interest in politics and playing a part in the democratic process.

Autism is a lifelong and disabling condition that affects around one in one hundred people.”

Mr Healey said: “I really enjoyed meeting staff and students and learning about Robert Ogden School’s successes and the special challenges they face.”