Work for young people in Orpington

Orpington has some of the best schools in the area and it is fantastic to see so many flourishing. I regularly visit local schools to hear views of teachers, students and parents and will continue to back schools in their efforts to maintain and improve standards. I have supported schools in securing funding for improvements to facilities.

Vocational education, through apprenticeships and T Levels, provides young people with greater choice in their education at post 16 and post 18 levels. I have a close relationship with London South East Colleges, who operate a campus on Orpington High Street and have met apprentices working at the Network Rail depot in Orpington. Orpington is also home to a JTL workplace learning centre which I was pleased to open in 2016.

Young people who have completed their education are best supported by a strong local economy providing jobs for a successful future. This can be achieved by ensuring that Orpington is open for business and that travel connections allow young people to commute to work.


Jo quizzed by students at St Mary Cray Primary Academy

Jo was quizzed by year 5 and 6 students at St Mary Cray Primary Academy as part of their British values week. The students learnt about the role of an MP and put Jo on the spot about a number of important matters.

Jo greets Chinese visitors to St James’ RC Primary School

On Friday, Jo met a group of Chinese students who are visiting St James’ RC Primary School in Petts Wood. The group, who come from Tianjin, are learning more about the British education system, as well as spending time in London, Oxford and Cambridge.

Jo opens new facilities at Darrick Wood School

At the end of last term, Jo was pleased to officially open the new Movement and Performing Arts Building, PE changing rooms and extended Dining Hall at Darrick Wood School.

Jo meets Network Rail apprentices at Orpington Depot

In November, Jo visited Orpington railway depot to speak with local apprentices who are training to become the next generation of railway engineers. The apprentices spoke to Jo about the skills and experience they have gained through their apprenticeships.

Jo visits HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh) in UK Parliament Week

Last month, Jo visited Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, a youth group in Orpington. Jo learnt about the group’s commitment to the values of the Hindu religion through exercise and education.  The group provided demonstrations of the activities and games they hold at their weekly meetings.

Jo interviewed on Bromley YDN Radio

On Friday afternoon, Jo Johnson visited Newstead Wood School to take part in a podcast for a new local radio station, Bromley YDN Radio.