Educating Our Children and Preparing Them For The Future

Education is and always will be a priority of mine. We have some excellent schools, and I want to ensure that every child leaves school and is ready to succeed.

I will continue to work with and support our local schools and to make sure they receive the best support from the Government and deliver for our young people locally. 

I welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to guarantee a higher minimum funding for all secondary school pupils.

As some may already know, before politics I was involved in education. 

As a strong believer in social mobility, and how education can help drive positive mobility regardless of background, I am proud to support our local schools. 

Across Morley and Outwood our local schools are some of the best, with many regularly achieving an Ofsted rating of 'Outstanding' or higher. 

I always enjoy visiting the students of our local schools, hearing their views for their future, taking questions, and thanking the fantastic staff. 

In 2019 so far, I have visited The Morley Academy, Outwood Grange, Bruntcliffe, Rodillian, Woodkirk, Elliot Hudson College, Asquith Primary, Thorpe Primary, OPA Kirkhamgate, Morley Newlands, Westerton, and OPA Ledger Lane. I look forward to visiting other schools in our local area in the near future. 

I have discussed current issues and presented petitions from local schools in Parliament and have hosted classes in the House of Commons, it was great to meet some of the leaders of tomorrow! 

I have organised local meetings with the Minister of State for School Standards and local teachers & stakeholders, and I regularly meet the Secretary of State for Education to discuss issues, and successes from our local area. 


Primary Schools 

I am so pleased that recent figures show that the majority of primary schools in Morley and Outwood have seen an significant increase from last year (2018) in the proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics. 

I am so proud of our local area and could not be more pleased with the further progress our schools have made this past year.

Read about this in more detail, including with a list of the local schools that have shown such fantastic increases in success here: Click me! 


Secondary Schools

It's always great to get a chance to visit these fantastic schools and praise both students and staff for their hard work.

As the statistics below show, our schools are going from strength to strength and ensuring local students are prepared and well equip to achieve their dreams! 

There are five secondary schools in our local area, discounting special and independent schools for which we have no data. 

The Morley Academy

-Well above average progress between Key Stage 2 and 4.
-Outstanding Ofsted rating
-92% of pupils staying in education or entering employment (Stats of 2016 leavers) 

Bruntcliffe Academy

-Above average progress between Key State 2 and 4.
-Good Ofsted rating
-90% of pupils staying in education or entering employment (Stats of 2016 leavers) 

Woodkirk Academy

-Above average progress between Key State 2 and 4.
-Good Ofsted rating
-96% of pupils staying in education or entering employment (Stats of 2016 leavers) 

Rodillian Academy

-Above average progress between Key State 2 and 4.
-Good Ofsted rating
-90% of pupils staying in education or entering employment (Stats of 2016 leavers) 

Outwood Grange Academy

-Average progress between Key State 2 and 4.
-Outstanding Ofsted rating
-96% of pupils staying in education or entering employment (Stats of 2016 leavers) 

More statistics: Here




Below, residents can find some of my recent work regarding education and in support of our local schools: 


Andrea Chairs Westminster Higher Education Forum Policy Conference

It was very interesting to chair a panel on the transition to digital provision of higher education, the opportunities and challenges that this poses and the issues surrounding infrastructure, connectivity, accessibility and digital inclusion, staff skills and confidence, tech-friendly classroom

Andrea visits Stanley Grove Primary

Class 6 showed me all the incredible work Stanley Grove Primary do around school connected to wildlife protection and environmental awareness and talked to me about the fact that all their actions and impacts on the environment are interconnected.

I was very impressed!

Andrea Meets With The Reading Agency

I was delighted to meet with The Reading Agency to discuss the vital work they're doing to combat loneliness and isolation. With Government funding, they've donated over 375,000 books to libraries across the Country, including those across Morley and Outwood. 

Andrea Meets with The Reading Agency

Great to meet Annie from The Reading Agency and hear about the fantastic work undertaken to help people tackle life’s challenges through the power of reading!

Take a look at their website for more information on their excellent Summer Reading Challenge!

Andrea Visits Morley Victoria Primary School

I was delighted to visit Morley Victoria Primary School and see all the fantastic work and effort that goes into their outdoor play facilities & how they’re encouraging students to read more.

Andrea Meets New Head of Outwood Grange Academy

Great to visit Outwood Grange Academy once again this morning, where I met the brilliant new Headteacher, Sheriden Hutchinson-Jones, and heard about her fantastic ideas to build on the work of this excellent school.