A Chester headteacher has been congratulated for his work at a Blacon school by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Dave Williams, headteacher at Dee Point Primary School, was nominated by city MP Stephen Mosley to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street for teachers from across the country.
Mr Mosley said: “Dee Point Primary has seen a remarkable turnaround in recent years under the guidance of headteacher Dave Williams, his leadership team and his hard working teachers.
“Under Dave’s leadership Dee Point has shot up the Ofsted ratings and is now classed as an ‘Outstanding’ school.”
Dee Point Primary School is one of five schools in Chester that have secured funding through the Priority Schools Building Programme for their old buildings to be rebuilt and is also being supported to expand into a two form entry school.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Delivering the best schools and skills for our young people, so that they can fulfil their potential and get on in life, is a central part of our long-term economic plan. With such dedicated and inspiring teachers in our schools I know we can ensure our children get the best chance to succeed. It was an honour to celebrate their commitment at this reception.”
After his visit to London Mr Williams said: “It was an amazing experience visiting Downing Street and capturing a significant part of British history with the portraits of each Prime Minister along the walls.
“The reception event made me feel proud to be a teacher and that the hard work and dedication of many of our profession was celebrated and recognised.
“I would like to think I was representing the wonderful team and brilliant community of Dee Point that I have the pleasure of working with every day.”
Earlier this month, community and charity champions Matt Baker and Kate Spall were also invited to Downing Street to meet Samantha Cameron.
Matt is is founder and artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter, which has two youth theatre groups Jigsaw and Quartz, musical director of the women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies and organiser of many community events in the city’s Garden Quarter.
Kate is a community campaigner and founder of the Pamela Northcott Fund. The fund is a voluntary organisation to provide advocacy and support to cancer patients denied access to new drug therapies yet to be approved by NICE or refused by NICE.
Stephen Mosley said: “The reception was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and show off the hard work both Matt and Kate do for Chester and our community.
“Theatre in the Quarter has become an integral part of Chester’s cultural offering thanks to Matt’s hard work. Their production of Silent Night, in remembrance of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has gained nationwide recognition.
“The Pamela Northcott fund, set up by Kate in memory of her mother, is a unique advocacy service fighting for cancer patients and has successfully won cases on behalf of over 250 cancer patients."
Samantha Cameron said: “It was a privilege to meet Matt and Kate at 10 Downing Street. Their amazing work is changing the lives of individuals and families across Chester and it was an honour to celebrate their work at the reception for charity champions.”
Kate said: “It is a tremendous privilege to fight for the rights of cancer patients, in memory of my mother, Pamela Northcott. To have my work acknowledged by Stephen Mosley MP and Samantha Cameron is a great honour. The evening was a magical moment for me personally and the patients I represent. Mum would have been very proud.”
Matt said: “It was a great honour to be invited to Downing Street in recognition for the work I carry out to enrich people’s lives through cultural activity in Chester. The work of Theatre in the Quarter, Garden Quarter and A Handbag of Harmonies is enhanced by the enormous support of a huge number of people, and wish they could have all been sipping wine with me at Number 10.”