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West Suffolk MP quizzed by school pupils on Brexit and artificial intelligence

Matt Hancock meets Year 7 pupils at Ixworth Free School Picture: SECKORD FOUNDATION FREE SCHOOLS TRUST

Matt Hancock meets Year 7 pupils at Ixworth Free School Picture: SECKORD FOUNDATION FREE SCHOOLS TRUST

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The secretary of state for health and social care was quizzed by students at a west Suffolk school last week.

Matt Hancock MP (centre) with Graham Watson, Seckford Foundation director, (left) and Ixworth Free School headteacher Mark Barrow Picture: SECKFORD FOUNDATION FREE SCHOOLS TRUSTMatt Hancock MP (centre) with Graham Watson, Seckford Foundation director, (left) and Ixworth Free School headteacher Mark Barrow Picture: SECKFORD FOUNDATION FREE SCHOOLS TRUST

Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, visited Ixworth Free School on Friday and enjoyed a tour of the school before taking part in a Q&A session with Year 10 and 11 pupils.

Mr Hancock was quizzed on topics such as Brexit and artificial intelligence.

Figures released by the Department for Education at the beginning of the year showed the school, which opened in 2014, to be one of the top performers in Suffolk for student progress and in the top 10% nationally.

Mr Hancock said: “I had a great visit to Ixworth Free School and it was fantastic to see the school doing so well under the leadership of headteacher Mark Barrow.

“Ixworth Free School’s results have been impressive and to be in the top 10% of schools nationally for student progress is testament to the hard work and dedication of both the staff and the pupils.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the school and especially liked meeting the Years 10 and 11 pupils. We had an excellent Q&A session – they kept me on my toes.”

Mark Barrow, headteacher at Ixworth Free School, said: “Thank you to Matt Hancock for taking the time to visit our school.

“Students enjoyed meeting their local MP and learning more about his roles in government.

“It was also a fantastic opportunity to share the school’s successes and positive outcomes, including this year’s GCSE results, all of which have been achieved since Mr Hancock’s last visit in 2015.”

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