Rishi Sunak praises work of Colburn education centre

Rishi Sunak joins pupils Niall and Jensen and Principal Teachers MD Becca Morgan preparing a pizza.

Rishi Sunak MP has praised the work of a specialist education centre for children based in Colburn.

The centre – the Hub at Principal Teachers – provides an alternative school environment for pupils who have not thrived in conventional schools.

Principal Teachers is a company which provides supply teachers for schools throughout North Yorkshire and the North-East.

It was asked to provide teachers for pupils with special educational needs and the Hub was established at its base on the Colburn Business Park to meet the need locally.

Welcomed by Principal Teachers managing director Becca Morgan, Mr Sunak met staff and pupils at the Hub.

During his visit, he joined pupils making pizza in a wood-fired oven – a micro business set up to help pay for extra Hub facilities. Every Friday, pupils make pizzas to sell to workers at other businesses on the park.

Mr Sunak said: “I was very impressed by what is happening at the Hub. It is clearly a very supportive environment which provides them with the very individually-tailored approach they require to make the best of their abilities.

“The pizza-making project is a great way of teaching skills around money and enterprise – and I can vouch for the quality of the pizzas. They were excellent.”

Mrs Morgan said the Hub team was delighted to welcome Mr Sunak to the centre.

“We all thoroughly enjoyed giving him a flavour of what life is like in the Hub,” Mrs Morgan said.

“He was very interested in the work that we do and also in listening to the Hubsters speaking so emphatically about their fondness for the Hub and their time with us.”

Principal Teachers holds a Thrive School of Excellence Award and has also applied to be an ADHD Friendly School.