County schools giving our children a great start in life
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.