Since 2010, the number of pupils going to a Pendle school judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding has more than doubled.
Andrew is passionate about the education of young people across Pendle and works closely with our local schools. As a School Governor at Whitefield Infant School (Nelson) since 2009 Andrew brought the then Secretary of State for Education, the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, up to visit the school and a local nursery in 2015.
Since 2010, Pendle has benefitted from four brand new school buildings, and millions of pound investment expanding and modernising other schools. In Nelson, Whitefield Infants School and St Paul's Church of England Primary school were rebuilt at a combined cost of £14.1 million. In Barnoldswick, a new £5 million Church of England was opened along with a £6.2 million face-lift for West Craven High Technology College. Laneshaw Bridge Primary School moved into their new £4.5 million in 2013 and Colne Primet Academy was awarded £716,000 to transform its sports facilities.
The outstanding Nelson & Colne College, based in Barrowford, has also benefited from millions of pounds of investment in its facilities. In 2017/18, they celebrated a 99% pass rate for A Levels and a 99.6% pass rate for advanced Vocational studies. Nelson and Colne College is home to 1,600 full time students, 3500 part-time adults and more than 600 Apprenticeships, and offer a range of courses to suit all needs. In 2018 Nelson & Colne college was chosen by the government to become a Centre of Excellence for Maths. Recent government data has placed Nelson & Colne College as top in the country for A levels.
Record numbers of young people from Pendle are going to university, thanks to the expansion in university places since 2010. This includes more students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2017, 33% of students in Pendle applied for university places compared to 22% in 2009.
Across Lancashire: 68% of schools were rated as good and 24% of schools were rated as outstanding at their last Ofsted inspection.
School trips to Parliament
When Andrew was first elected in 2010 only a couple of Pendle schools organised trips to Parliament, by 2014 Andrew had increased this to 17 different schools organising trips to Westminster. Whilst the number of schools visiting each year fluctuates, by working with local head teachers Andrew has helped 22 different Pendle schools bring groups to Parliament. Andrew has even been able to take some groups of school children to visit 10 Downing Street. Most local schools can also benefit from Parliament’s Transport Subsidy, and receive a reimbursement of 75% of their travel costs (up to £1600). If you would like to organise a trip to parliament please contact Andrew’s Westminster office on 0207 219 7222.