The education secretary Nicky Morgan visited Chaucer Junior School in Ilkeston to meet pupils and staff.
Whist on the visit, the minister was given a tour of the school by members of the school council, held a question and answer session with teachers and was shown the award-winning Chaucer School Garden, which was designed by pupils and exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Mp for Erewash Jessica Lee also took part in the visit, along with conservative parliamentary candidate Maggie Throup.
Jessica Lee said: “It has been great to join the education secretary and our prospective Erewash MP on today’s visit.
“In Erewash we are lucky to have some fantastic teams of teachers, parents and school governors, all of whom are working hard to make sure our children receive the very best education.
“The pupils are a real credit to their school, and I would like to thank them, and headteacher Mrs Upton and her team for hosting this visit.”
Following the visit Prospective MP Maggie said: “It has been a real privilege to welcome Nicky Morgan to Chaucer. I wanted to show her what a marvellous job the whole school community is doing as they move towards their goal of becoming an Outstanding school.
“I am proud that under the Conservatives, schools across Erewash, including Chaucer have received over £10 million through the Pupil Premium, ensuring that disadvantaged children are given the support they need to fulfil their potential.
“I want to reassure schools, as well as parents, that I will work tirelessly to ensure that this level of support continues across all Erewash schools so that we can give our future generations the best start in life.”