Luton, Bedfordshire (PRWEB UK) 20 November 2012
The achievements of the Barnfield Federation have been hailed inside Number 10 Downing Street.
Chief Executive of the Federation Sir Peter Birkett was invited to the prestigious London address on Thursday night in celebration of the Free School Movement - as a guest of Prime Minister David Cameron.
As well as the Prime Minister, other high profile attendees included Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP, Lord Jonathan Hill the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Schools, Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw and Eric Pickles MP.
Barnfield was the first academy sponsor to secure approval to convert an independent fee paying school in to a free school as part of a federation.
During the Secretary of States speech in number 10, Michael Gove singled out Barnfield and Pete Birkett acknowledging the great work being done by Barnfield for many young people in Luton and beyond.
Mr Birkett said: “It was a privilege to be invited to Downing Street by the Prime Minister and I was very proud to hear Barnfield mentioned as a part of the Michael Gove’s speech. This was quite an honour for Barnfield and Luton - a magical and unforgettable moment made in such an historic and amazing setting as number 10 Downing Street.
Barnfields ambition is simple, we want all of our students to have the very best education and training opportunities to succeed in life and in their chosen career. The academy and free school movement has allowed us the freedoms necessary to further this objective, demonstrated this year by the best ever results across our schools and college”.