County schools giv­ing our chil­dren a great start in life

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

EARLY in March, I’ve been in­vited to Cur­zon School to open their new open air class­room. I en­joy th­ese vis­its tremen­dously.

Some schools also come to the House of Com­mons. Dur­ing Jan­uary, the visit of a group of stu­dents from Dr Chal­loner’s Girls School co­in­cided with the HS2 Ref­er­en­dum Bill, so, although our planned meet­ing had to be aban­doned, they were able to know and see the pro­pos­als de­bated live on the floor of the House.

Ed­u­ca­tion is some­thing which we all value, par­tic­u­larly in Buck­ing­hamshire. We have a wide range of schools – non­gram­mar, gram­mar, academies – which are tai­lored to pro­vide a good ed­u­ca­tion for pupils of all abil­i­ties.

When I visit schools, I know that teach­ers, gov­er­nors and par­ents alike want to bring out the very best and the full po­ten­tial of all of the pupils.

We are also well-served by higher ed­u­ca­tion es­tab­lish­ments. When I vis­ited Amer­sham & Wy­combe Col­lege some time ago, I was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by the way the col­lege pre­pares young peo­ple to work in mod­ern in­dus­try, such as pro­gram­ming and cre­at­ing com­puter games, the film in­dus­try and the com­puter in­dus­try in gen­eral.

Our ed­u­ca­tion providers have im­proved stan­dards across the board and this is at­trac­tive to our lo­cal em­ploy­ers, so that Buck­ing­hamshire has high em­ploy­ment.

Avail­abil­ity of skilled em­ploy­ees helps us at­tract and main­tain a strong busi­ness pres­ence in the County.

This was very ev­i­dent to me, back in the nineties, when I was a min­is­ter for ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment and it is no less true to­day.

Peo­ple of­ten cite the ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion avail­able here as their rea­son for mov­ing into the area, a point sub­stan­ti­ated in the sur­veys of con­stituents that I carry out from time to time.

Their feed­back shows how ap­pre­cia­tive lo­cal res­i­dents are of the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in Che­sham and Amer­sham and across the county.

We should be proud of our schools and col­leges and the great start in life they are giv­ing to the next gen­er­a­tion.

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