Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt MP met pupils and staff at the Globe Academy on Wednesday morning.
Mr Hunt had talks with Matt Jones, principal of the 4-18 academy, and teachers.
He heard a presentation from members of the student council and put questions to the pupils about their experiences of good and not so good teaching, as well as their future ambitions
The historian-turned-politician also fielded questions about his job from pupils at the Harper Road school.
Globe is part of the ARK group of schools.