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.