Last Friday I had the privilege of attending the Uniformed Public Sectors passing out parade at Hopwood Hall College, and was incredibly impressed by the graduates taking part.
Entering the parade ground to the RAF Cadet marching band and carrying out demonstrations to showcase their skills, the young men and women who took part were superb. I am sure the families and friends of all the students are incredibly proud, and rightly so. These young people are a credit to the College and to our local area, and whether they are going on to serve in the armed forces or continue their education at Hopwood Hall College or elsewhere I wish them all the best for the future.
Last week I also visited Whittaker Moss Primary School in Norden to talk with Headteacher Mrs Williamson and her staff and to hear from pupils about the ‘Send My Friend To School’ campaign. Pupils performed a fantastic assembly which highlighted the sad fact that 58 million children around the world are being denied an education. Every child should have the chance to fulfil their potential and education is the key to this. We’re fortunate in Heywood and Middleton that we have schools like Whittaker Moss that encourage our children to be the best they can be, and events such as the passing out parade at Hopwood Hall College clearly show that, over time, investment in education pays dividends both for pupils and for our community which benefits from the skills, knowledge and hard work of each new generation.
In parliament last week I spoke in a debate about science and research, and I pointed out that investment in further education at places such as Hopwood Hall College is absolutely crucial to preparing students properly for university or the world of work. With funding for further education under threat, it is worth us all bearing in mind the vital role Hopwood Hall College plays in the lives of our young people, and I will certainly be doing all I can to make sure our schools and colleges are properly funded for the good of all our children and the long term future of Heywood and Middleton.
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