Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham, has attended the official opening of the Education Links Independent School in Norman Road, East Ham.

The Education Links School - run by charity Community Links – has recently received official confirmation from the Department for Children, Schools and Families and OFSTED that they are a fully registered independent school.  The school offers 120 places for pupils who have stopped attending school or have been excluded.

Community Links, a Newham based charity, runs over 60 community services and projects, working with about 30,000 people every year.  It is estimated that the organisation has supported excluded students for 17 years, with 90% going on to further education, training or a job. 

The opening, held in the 1,000-year-old Norman church in Norman Road, was attended by various stakeholders including members of staff and many of the students with whom the school works. The opening ceremony was hosted by Sandy (surname) and included speeches from the Principal of Education Links, Neil Berry, Geraldine Blake, CEO of Community Links and Stephen Timms.

In his address, Mr Timms praised the hard work and effort of those involved with Education Links before officially opening the school by cutting a specially decorated Community Links cake with Ms Blake.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Timms said: “The official opening of the school is a significant milestone for both Community Links and the staff at Education Links. I have worked with Community Links for many years know. I applaud the effort which  has gone into achieving the status of a fully registered independent school.”

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