EDUCATION Minister Nick Gibb has praised the Grammar Stream initiative at Swindon Academy for enabling students to fulfil their potential.

The Grammar Stream, a partnership between Swindon Academy and Marlborough College, provides a rigorous education to the most academically able students across Swindon.

Mr Gibb was responding to a question in the House of Commons yesterday on Monday by Justin Tomlinson, the Conservative MP for North Swindon.

Mr Tomlinson said: “Will the minister for school standards join me in congratulating the Swindon Academy Grammar Stream, in conjunction with Marlborough College, on doubling its intake this year, with children from all backgrounds now having a real chance of accessing the very top universities?”

Mr Gibb said: “I would be delighted to join my honourable friend in congratulating Swindon Academy.

“I enjoyed visiting the school with him and meeting Ruth Robinson, its exceptional principal.

“The school runs special programmes to help the most able children to fulfil their potential, as well as providing very high standards of education across the board.”

The Grammar Stream was launched in September 2016 and builds on a longstanding partnership between Swindon Academy and Marlborough College.

In a Grammar Stream, a group of students educated in a mainstream school follow a grammar school-style curriculum.