Schools Minister Nick Gibb has accepted Bill’s invitation to visit Earl Mortimer College & Sixth Form Centre, in Leominster, this Autumn.

The co-ed comprehensive, led by Principal Adrian Long, currently boasts 649 pupils in addition to specialist sports status.

Over time there has been a gradual improvement in the percentage of students attaining five or more GCSE grades at A* to C and vocational courses at Sixth Form level are proving particularly successful.

Mr Gibb has described the prospect as ‘interesting’.

Bill, who led a question and answer session with pupils at the college last November, commented:

‘I am delighted the Minister has agreed to visit Leominster.

As I know from personal experience, Earl Mortimer College is an impressive school with a clear sense of purpose. Its ethos of achievement, inclusion and social enrichment cannot be faulted.

Staff here not only place tremendous value on the wider learning experience but consciously encourage their pupils to develop as individuals.

New buildings and a new uniform have created a really positive atmosphere. It will be fantastic for Nick to experience this at first hand.

Moreover, his visit presents an ideal opportunity to explore some of the challenges facing schools in Herefordshire and make sure that rural education issues remain right at the top of our Government’s agenda.’