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All Saints C/W Primary School Headteacher, Clare Lewis, recently received an invitation from the Prime Minister. On February 11th, along with 40 other heads and deputies from across the UK, she was invited to attend a reception at 10, Downing Street.  Clare, who was nominated to represent the Vale of Glamorgan by Alun Cairns MP, said that it had been a truly unforgettable experience.  She was treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Palace of Westminster with Alun Cairns and enjoyed a cup of tea in the famous tearoom. I even had the opportunity to sit in the House of Commons Visitors’ Gallery and listen to the debate on guaranteed employment. 

Then, it was off to No. 10 for a reception to celebrate teaching and inspirational leadership. The Prime Minister spoke about education being, for the most part, the answer to majority of the world’s problems and thanked those invited for their contributions to the teaching profession. Clare said ‘David Cameron entertained us with amusing anecdotes about his children in school. It was interesting to hear him speak, not as a Prime Minister, but as a parent experiencing the same worries and concerns as all parents’. 

She went on to say that it had been a great honour to have been invited ‘I met many wonderful fellow professionals, some of whom are working in very challenging circumstances and making an incredible difference to the pupils in their care. It made me feel so privileged to be the head of such an amazing school as All Saints. In the past few weeks we have launched our first training programme as a Specialist Centre School and hosted Safer Internet Day for Wales, which was attended by Julie James, Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills. As a head, I know that it couldn’t have been done without such amazing pupils, dedicated and talented staff and supportive parents and governors’.