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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Nicky Morgan Visits School

Secretary of State for Education meets Sixth Formers..

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, faced some tough questions from Years 12 and 13 at Leicester High School for Girls on Friday 28 November. She was originally invited to the school to talk about her role as Minister for Women and Equalities to Sixth Formers, in order to help them prepare for life at university and beyond. Teachers and girls were even more excited to meet Mrs Morgan when they heard that she had been promoted to Secretary of State for Education. She talked to the girls about life as an MP, and answered questions about feminism, the European Union, how she had found out about her promotion, and her views on state versus private education. She then had lunch with the prefects, and said later on twitter ‘@LeicesterHigh Lovely to meet you all & great Q&A’.

Mrs Dwyer, who organised the visit and is a teacher of languages at the School, said, ’Mrs Morgan really listened to the girls, and was very impressive. The Sixth Form had a unique opportunity meeting such a prominent MP and asking such pointed questions.’ When asked how she had heard about being made Secretary of State for Education, Mrs Morgan revealed that she had been asked to see David Cameron, the Prime Minister, but wasn’t quite sure why. As she waited to see him, her husband sent her a text, informing her that Michael Gove had moved on. Once David Cameron offered her the job, she then was shown into a room where Mr Gove greeted and congratulated her. As well as offering an insight into life in Westminster, she also impressed the girls with some straight talking. Asked by Olivia Mellor if she was a feminist, she very succinctly answered ‘Yes’, and this impressed Olivia, who said, ‘I was surprised that she was so honest and direct. We meet a lot of interesting and inspiring people at School, but she stands out for me as one of the most impressive.’