The Mayor of the West Midlands made a special visit to a school in Coventry to find out more about its links in the community and hear first-hand how it has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Andy Street visited St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, where he spoke to the children about his role and heard more about how the school has been supporting its local area during a challenging 2020.
He also found out how it has been dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and the measures that have been put in place to help stop the spread of the virus.
Andy was joined in the visit by Eleanor Deeley, deputy managing director of the Deeley Group which has strong links with both the school and the wider Academy.
Andy was shown the Martin Curtin Room which was built by the Deeley Group at a highly reduced cost after the company found out that the school was in need of additional space to support some of its most vulnerable children.
The room, named for a long-time Deeley Group employee, has a range of uses including safeguarding meetings and support sessions, parent meetings, interventions and SEN sessions for the children.
Andrea Sherratt, principal of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Andy Street to the school and it was lovely to see him speaking to the children about what he does.
“He was also really interested to hear how we have been coping during the pandemic and the measures we have put in place, such as our remote learning methods.
Andy said: “It was brilliant to visit St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and meet with a number of children and staff members. It has been an extremely challenging year so it was good to hear first-hand about how the school has adapted. It’s clear that the school have a very strong sense of community spirit.”
Picture: Pictured during the visit are, from left, Eleanor Deeley, Mayor Andy Street, Shanice Mbontie, Andrea Sherratt (head teacher), Oliver Halys and Danielle Kingham (deputy head).