By Iain Stewart MP, Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South
This month, in a slight change to my regular programme of school visits, I went to the Leadership and Training Centre (LTC) at Shenley Brook End School.
In March last year Shenley Brook End achieved National Teaching School status, this means they take a lead role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers from across the region. I was very impressed with the high quality professional training environment the LTC provides within the school. It is great that other schools can benefit from the high standards of teaching and training that Shenley Brook End has achieved. In a separate visit to the school, I answered questions from 6th Form pupils on wide spectrum of issues which were of concern to them, including the media and crime and punishment.
The airport already supports the local economy by welcoming air passengers heading for the motorsport hub at Silverstone. With the current demand for airspace and airport development in the South East of England, an already established site such as Cranfield will help contribute to local and international business going forward and I hope it will bring many benefits to the region in the coming years. I was recently fortunate enough to meet with Paralympic champion and double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE to support the manifesto launched by the charity Whizz-Kidz. Whizz-Kidz is a charity that provides disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and mobility equipment they need to lead active childhoods. I was surprised to hear that Hannah Cockroft MBE actually received her first sports wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz in 2007, what a testament to the work they are doing. So, I am delighted to back Whizz-Kidz’s Generation Inspired manifesto. More information is available about their work on their website: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk.
I also visited Cranfield Airport to see first-hand the significant investment being made to attract business aviation to our region. During the 2012 Olympic Games Cranfield was one of the UK’s designated airports and saw an increase in small business aircraft during The Games. Closely linked to the work of charities like WhizzKidz is the ongoing Transport Committee inquiry into disabled people’s access to transport. If any local residents would like to share their experiences in this area I would be very happy to hear from them.
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MK Flyers South - April 2013