Simon Danczuk MP

Fighting for Rochdale, Littleborough and Milnrow

Letter from Parliament 2 February

One of the many privileges of being Rochdale's MP is celebrating the success of all our fantastic businesses, voluntary groups and institutions.

So I was delighted to hear the news that Rochdale Sixth Form College has been ranked as the top college in the country for value added performance for the third year in a row.

Taken on its own, this is a stunning achievement and I would like to congratulate both students, staff, governors and parents for all their hard work.

But this accolade looks even more impressive when we consider how far the college has come in just a short space of time.

Before RSFC opened in 2010, our town was ranked 147th out of 150 local authority areas for A-Level performance and we lost hundreds of pupils every year to neighbouring towns.

I am a great believer in the power of education to change lives and it is incredibly important that all young people have the opportunity to succeed regardless of where they come from.

The continued success of RSFC is testament to the fact that any child, no matter what their background is, can do great things if they have the support and encouragement they need.

As a National Support School, RSFC now plays a key advisory role and helps other colleges across the country to learn from its achievements.

Education experts look to Rochdale as a shining example of how to do things the right way. This is a real success story and one we should all be proud of.

Together with Hopwood Hall College, which was recently ranked as the top further education college in Greater Manchester, our town certainly has a lot to brag about.

Whether they opt for a vocational route or University, young people in Rochdale can be confident they will be given the best chance of success.

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