Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson’s praise for St Thomas’ Primary following visit to the Lydiate school

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Lydiate’s Labour MP Bill Esterson was made to feel very welcome by staff and children at St Thomas' Church of England Primary School when he visited to talk about the school's preparations for free school meals for its youngest children.

Bill was shown round the school by head teacher Mrs Ann Lock and met children and staff at the school after a quick tour of the school's facilities.

The MP said: "I was very impressed by the children at St Thomas' Church of England Primary School. They were all very well behaved and were polite to their teachers. 

"The school has made excellent progress in recent years and Ofsted has recognised this progress by giving St Thomas' an outstanding grade. The school is very popular and is oversubscribed and I could see why. 

"I enjoyed talking to some of the children and hearing about their work while they were enjoying a picnic lunch.

"Mrs Lock and her staff deserve the credit for their hard work and I would like to pay tribute to all of the teaching and support staff at St Thomas' and at all of our schools in Sefton who do such a good job ensuring our children get the best possible start. Sefton has some of the best schools in the country and St Thomas' is a very good example of the success in our schools.

"Mrs Lock asked me to visit the school because she needs support in converting the school's facilities so they can offer hot meals to all infant children from September. The government announced this change, which most people would broadly support but have not made the money available for those schools who don’t have full kitchens or the space to serve the meals.

"St Thomas' is a great school and I really hope that they can have their new facilities before the changes come in during September. I shall do what I can to help and look forward to visiting this wonderful, successful school again soon."