It was a great pleasure to be able to attend the Celebration Evening at Woodhey High School in Ramsbottom last night. The evening marked the successes of the Class of 2016 – the pupils who left this year and have now moved on to College and Apprenticeships. The guest speaker was Woodhey’s former Headteacher Martin Braidley. It certainly does not seem three years since he left to be replaced by his Deputy Brian Roadnight. Our schools play such a crucial role in shaping the next generation on whom we will all rely on to work hard and produce the wealth our nation needs to continue to prosper. On the evidence of the success of the pupils at Woodhey there is much to be optimistic about!