Grant Shapps MP (Chairman of the Conservative Party) and Paul Scully (former Leader of the Opposition and Conservative Group Leader), together with Cllr Graham Wiltham (Cheam Conservative – Leader of the Opposition), Marie Grant (Sutton, Cheam & Conservative Association Chairman) and Emma Scully visited SCOLA on Monday 14/01/13. Mr Scully was keen to come to SCOLA as one of his key areas of interest is the local economy. He said that the College’s contribution to equipping local young people with the skills expected by employers is vital in ensuring that people can make the most of opportunities presented to them in this difficult economic climate.
Their whistle stop tour of the College included meeting the Strategic Management Team and visiting some classes and meeting students. This is what they had to say about their visit:
“I am really grateful to you all for arranging the visit at such short notice. It was enjoyable, informative and helped to highlight the need to teach skills that bridge the gap between education and employment. The feedback from colleagues was unanimously positive and they were impressed by your positive, energetic approach.” – Paul Scully
“It was a really useful to have the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview, albeit a ‘whistle stop’ one.” – Cllr Graham Wiltham
“It was a great pleasure meeting you and listening to the many achievements that SCOLA have achieved. Please thank the teachers and students for allowing us to disrupt their classes.
I wish you every success in the future.” – Marie Grant (Sutton, Cheam & Conservative Association Chairman)
“It was a pleasure to meet you and your team and find out more about all that SCOLA achieves. A big thank you to everyone and all the best for 2013.” – Emma Scully
We look forward to welcoming them back some time in the future!