Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Beechfield School in Watford

Dean Russell MP invited Prime Minister Boris Johnson down to Watford this morning (September 7) to visit Beechfield School.

As part of the prime minister’s campaign to get children back into the classroom, Watford’s MP wanted to show him a shining example of a school that had remained open throughout COVID-19.

Across Watford, many children are starting their first day at reception and for those at Beechfield School, they had a very special visitor to welcome them. As they sat down for circle time, they made socially distanced space for the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson also addressed the whole school in the playground, where the children were lined up in their bubbles in a socially distanced manner. He thanked the teachers and gave words of encouragement as the students embark on the year ahead.

Dean Russell MP said: “Beechfield School has done an inspiring job throughout COVID-19 supporting local children and parents. Their headteacher, Mrs Jackson, has an incredible passion for the wellbeing and development of every child that comes through the school gates each morning.

“I was delighted to bring the Prime Minister to this brilliant school, and I want to thank all the staff for their tremendous efforts over these last few months.”

Gillian Jackson, headteacher at Beechfield School, said: “It has been a fantastic morning for all of the children and staff at Beechfield. It’s not every day you get to say that you have had the Prime Minster reading you a story or joining in with your lesson. 

“I was very proud to show the Prime Minister our wonderful school and our amazing children.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their dedication and commitment to our school.”