Well done to all our GCSE students

Guy Opperman with Tynedale NCS students.
Guy Opperman with Tynedale NCS students.

August is traditionally recess in Parliament, and I have enjoyed having a few weeks away to make the most of the great summer we have been having.

The recess has given me an excellent opportunity to spend some more time in the constituency, and in the last couple of weeks I have been able to meet some of the people behind our best local businesses and charities.

I am now back to work and ready for a busy few months ahead, with lots of exciting events planned around the constituency

Last week was GCSE results day, and I would like to congratulate everyone celebrating seeing their hard work over the past year pay off.

It is really encouraging to see that the percentage of students achieving a good pass (Grades nine to five) in Northumberland has increased this year, with results showing an increase in overall Attainment eight, the students’ average achievement across eight subjects, and five-plus in English and Maths

I am passionate about ensuring that everyone gets the best possible education so this strong set of results across Northumberland is a great reflection of the positive state of schools in our local area

Congratulations to all students, parents and teachers who have all worked so hard — you all deserve to celebrate.

I have long been a supporter of the NCS (National Citizen Service), so I was delighted to meet and chat with Tynedale NCS students in Prudhoe recently.

At the time of our meeting the students were in the process of planning for their People’s Fair, supporting some great local charities and causes.

I really enjoyed chatting with the students, who were all clearly huge fans of NCS.

NCS is a brilliant and life-changing scheme that gives young people the chance to learn vital skills, gain confidence and meet new people.

If you are aged 15 to 17 then I would definitely encourage you to find out more about the scheme, and I am sure the Tynedale students would too.

I also spent a very special afternoon meeting everyone at Gateway to the Community, where I had the pleasure of being shown around by Fiona.

Gateway to the Community is a fantastic charity working with people throughout West Northumberland who have learning disabilities to provide leisure and learning opportunities.

The charity helps members to know what activities and courses are taking place in their communities, with members ranging from young people in their teens through to people enjoying their retirement.

I really enjoyed my visit to Gateway in the Community. The charity provides an invaluable local service, changing lives and providing support — it always needs more volunteers and support though, so please do contact it if you would like to get involved.

My attention now turns to my 2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair. Final preparations are under way for the event, which takes place at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, from 10am to 2.30pm on Friday, September 7.

The fair, sponsored by Thompsons of Prudhoe and Northumberland County Council, is being organised in conjunction with Hexham Job Centre Plus and is ideal for anyone looking for work, a return to work or for a change in direction.

More than 50 employers are confirmed to attend, including Marks and Spencer, Walwick Hall and the Newcastle United Foundation, with jobs covering all corners of the constituency and beyond.

If you are a local business looking to hire, there is still time to confirm your place at the event. Please contact me at teamoppy@gmail.com

It should be a fantastic day, which I hope will help people to get the new start they are looking for. It would be great to see you there.