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Maria Dawes, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioners Office visits DMAT schools

DMAT schools were delighted to be visited on Friday 4th May by Maria Dawes, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioners Office. It was a fantastic opportunity to share the wonderful work we are doing in both Durrington High School and The Laurels Primary School with someone who has such a key role in education. Maria was joined by Amy Barron, Team Leader, Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Regional Schools Commissioner.

The visit started at Durrington High School in the morning and Maria was met by Chair of Governors, Brian Marsh and Headteacher and CEO of DMAT Sue Marooney. Four Year 8 students; Megan Vaughan, Ryan Johnson, Erin Bevan and Amy Brand gave a tour of the school, visiting lessons and taking in all the fantastic opportunities and facilities Durrington has to offer. Maria was very impressed and felt the school provided ‘an excellent learning environment that was vibrant and full of enthusiasm’ adding that it was ‘brilliant to see such a rich diversity of opportunities for young people.’

The tour included Durrington’s Research Centre in which Mrs Blight and Miss Bedford were busily preparing to welcome teachers from 12 local schools for a KS3 maths training day. Maria was very impressed by this saying ‘I was so inspired to see the Research School in action, making an impact on the wider community by sharing good practice.’

Sue Marooney then took Maria and Amy over to fellow DMAT school, The Laurels Primary School, where she met Headteacher, Charlotte Bull and Chair of Governors, Mary Mugridge, and saw many of the children partaking in focused and engaging lessons. Sue Marooney commented ‘we are pleased to have this opportunity to show how DMAT schools are supporting each other and working together to ensure all students from reception to year 11 are given the opportunities to be the best they can be.’ Charlotte Bull echoed this saying ‘I only took up post in January and already we have enhanced the curriculum and enrichment activities as we always want the best for our children.’