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Two Chesterfield youth champions recognised by Prime Minister and Labour’s Education Secretary

Two Chesterfield youth champions were invited to meet the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown MP, and Labour’s Education Secretary, Ed Balls MP, at the Labour Party Conference this week, in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made to young people’s services in Chesterfield.

Debbie Rayner, who is the assistant headteacher of Springwell Community School in Staveley and Lisa Kelly, who is the manager of Families First Childcare Co-operative in Birdholme, were nominated to receive the recognition by Toby Perkins, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Chesterfield.

Toby said: “I was delighted to recognise the commitment shown by Debbie and Lisa. The organisations that they lead and represent are great examples of what can be acheived when you combine Labour’s financial investment with the commitment and excellence from all those people that work with young people.”

On meeting the Prime Minister and Ed Balls, Debbie said: “It was a great privilege to represent such a great school especially as we are celebrating the schools’s best ever results and I was proud to tell the Prime Minister and Ed Balls about all the hard working students and staff. I have invited Mr Balls to come to Springwell and see for himself what we do help each young person to reach their potential”.

Lisa added: “It was a tremendous thrill to meet the Prime Minister backstage, and to tell him about the work we are doing at the Families First Childcare Co-operative, it was a thrill to be nominated and I think it reflects not just on me, but on the hard work of everyone at the Nursery.”

Editors Notes:

  • Debbie Raynor is the assistant headteacher of Springwell Community School in Staveley. She has worked there for 17 years and has driven forward standards in the school. 17 years ago the school was nearly in special measures but now 72% of all children are now gaining 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades. The school has also now received specialist arts status and has a brand new arts facility.
  • Lisa Kelly took over the management of Families First Independent Childcare Cooperative in Birdholme. She is providing local families with an excellent service and has shown outstanding commitment to the professional development of both herself and her staff. She has employed local people and is giving them the skills and qualifications needed to become professional nursery nurses.
  • Toby nominated Debbie and Lisa after the Labour Party requested nominations from its members for those people who work tirelessly in our schools and communities to give every child the platform they need to make the best of themselves.

For more information please contact: Toby Perkins 01246 566166,toby@tobyperkins.org.uk

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