The Shadow Education Minister visited Todmorden High last week to meet staff and students and see plans for the new school building.
Tristram Hunt MP was joined by Josh Fenton-Glynn, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for the Calder Valley, and Labour Calderdale councillors for a tour of the school, including the Incredible Edible aqua garden, and a question and answer session with a group of students.
Mr Hunt said: “I think it’s a very exciting project.
“I think the most important thing is, now the funds have been secured, that the school proceeds with really making a statement about the value of education and the support for it.
“Ultimately it’s not about the building - it’s what happens in it and the exciting space you can create for learning.
“The design is important but the ethos inside makes the difference.”
Headteacher Andrew Whitaker said: “One of the things I have been working hard on is making sure the students feel that they are happy and know we are proud of them. This visit enforces that.
“Rather than me standing in front of them in assembly, having influential people here to see them is great.”
Mr Fenton-Glynn said: “It’s great that Tristram is here to see the fantastic work that is being done by the teachers at Todmorden High and the work that we have done to secure funding for the school building.”