John Whittingdale visited St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Burnham on Crouch to talk to head teacher, Mrs Geraldine Denham-Hale, staff and pupils.

 John is pictured with the Mayor of Burnham, Cllr Peter Elliott and children learning about different countries of the world.

 John represents local parents in their concern about standards at St Peter's School, Burnham.

Following concerns about poor results at St Peter's High School in Burnham on Crouch and approaches from the parents of current and future pupils, John Whittingdale asked the Chief Inspector of Schools to arrange an early inspection. Following this, St Peter's was judged to be a failing school and has been placed in Special Measures.

John Whittingdale said: "I recently visited St Peter's and was impressed by the obvious commitment and dedication of the staff that I met. However, while the school has many strengths, the Inspectors' report has identified a number of weaknesses that need to be urgently addressed. Instead of damaging gossip and anecdote, we now have an independent report which will allow action to be taken to tackle the areas that need to be improved. Under the leadership of the new Head and with the help of the local education authority, I hope that we will now see swift improvements so that St Peters delivers the high standards which parents are entitled to expect. 



John Whittingdale is a regular visitor to local schools and recently went to St Peter's High School, Burnham on Crouch to be interviewed by pupils for the School report project being run with BBC Essex.

John is pictured here with Chairman of Governors, Cllr Peter Elliott, Deputy Mayor of |Burnham, Mrs Helen Elliott, Headteacher David Stevenson and pupils wearing the new school uniform.


John Whittingdale visited Wilkin & Sons for a meeting with members of the Essex NFU involved in Horticulture to discuss current issues affecting the industry. John was given a tour of Bounds Farm, Goldhanger, where strawberries are grown for, among other products, the company's famous Little Scarlet jam. John is seen here with Bernard Jenkin, M\P for North Essex, and Priti Patel, prospective Conservative candidate for Witham, being shown some of the fruit by Chris Newenham, Managing Director of Wilkin & Sons.

Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the future of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, Water Use and Irrigation licences, Sea Defences and Energy Costs.

John Whittingdale met protestors against the Wind Farm which is proposed to be built on Bradwell and Tillingham marshes at the exhibition held at Bradwell Village Hall