Ofsted chief at racing school

Sir Michael Wilshere at British Racing School ANL-140411-105039001
Sir Michael Wilshere at British Racing School ANL-140411-105039001

Newmarket’s British Racing School had the opportunity to showcase its facilities to the Government’s chief inspector of schools.

Sir Michael Wilshaw visited the Snailwell Road school on Tuesday and was given a tour of the site which is recognised as the world leader in providing education and training for the horseracing industry.

As well as seeing the daily routine at the school Sir Michael also visited Newmarket trainers Sir Michael Stoute and David Simcock who currently employ students on the school’s apprenticeship programme. Grant Harris, who succeeded Rory MacDonald as the school’s chief executive, said: “It was an honour for everyone here at the British Racing School to be able to showcase our training and facilities.

“As a world class training centre we are very proud of the work we achieve and to have that acknowledged by Sir Michael Wilshaw is a privilege.”

Before he left Sir Michael was presented a shoe from retired Grade 1 chaser Our Vic, now in residence at the school by BRS chairman Martin Mitchell.