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Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, with Philip Allott at Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, with Philip Allott at Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax

The Education Secretary praised a Halifax primary school on a visit to West Yorkshire last week.

Michael Gove met the staff and pupils at Parkinson Lane School on Friday, when he had a tour of the facilities and watched a performance by the school choir and a dance group.

Mr Gove said he was “incredible impressed” by what he saw on the visit.

“Coming in I have realised what an outstanding place this is,” he said.

“There’s a brilliant headteacher, a great team and a fantastic group of people.

“What’s really outstanding is the sheer sense of fun here.”

During the visit, Mr Gove talked about the national issue of growing demand for extra school places.

Calderdale Council has announced plans to create a through-school at Halifax High to meet extra demand in the borough.

Mr Gove said it is important to make sure there is the right mix of schools, free schools and academies so parents have the choice of where to send their children.

“We have been given £300m by the Chancellor to spend on creating more school spaces and we need to allocate it carefully,” he said.

Mr Gove also praised the efforts of Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker in his continual efforts to secure funding for new buildings at Todmorden High and Calder High School.

Parkinson Lane’s headteacher Gugsy Ahmed said he had an interesting chat with Mr Gove.

“We managed to talk about a couple of points and I hope he will remember his visit, call back and talk about it a bit more,” he said.