Robert Halfon praises work of school-based charity
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has praised the work of a school-based charity aiming to help struggling youngsters re-engage with their education.
Mr Halfon met with Catch 22 staff at Burnt Mill School in First Avenue, one of the sites where the charity operates in the town.
He was there to see for himself the impact their service has had on pupil attendance and attainment.
During the two-hour visit he also joined in with three classes and visited the school’s new Chinese garden.
He also met nine Year 10 students who will be spending a month in Kenya next year. After, telling them about his work in Rwanda teaching English, he offered to help them raise funds for their trip.
“Burnt Mill School is an incredible school with pupils achieving some fantastic results,” he said after his visit.
“I felt really inspired meeting the students, some of them who are being helped by Catch 22 and others who are acting as mentors to younger students.
“It is one of the best organisations there is that helps young people and I think it is brilliant that Catch 22 and Burnt Mill have teamed up in this way. I congratulate all those involved.”
Mr Halfon is pictured in the Chinese garden with, left to right, teacher Elliot Tooley, pupil Amal Abbou, learning support assistant Lauren White and Catch 22 key worker Jo Parker.
- Woman seriously hurt as car crashes into tree while trying to evade police in Sawbridgeworth
- Teenager grabbed by man in car during attempted robbery near Staple Tye
- 'Wheeler dealer' found dead in field near Sawbridgeworth shot himself after getting threatening phone call
- Flood warnings issued in Essex as storms and 100mph gales set to cause havoc across UK
- Mark Hall Academy staff 'shocked' by death of former pupil Connor Ashmore in car accident
- Harlow Council blasted over hospital winter ward