10 Downing Street reception celebrating the UK’s first Rural Enterprise Academy
Graham Morley, Chief Executive Principal of South Staffordshire College, has been afforded the highest recognition for his work, with an invitation from Prime Minister David Cameron to attend an official 10 Downing Street reception.
The occasion was a celebration of the opening of the UK’s first Rural Enterprise Academy, located on the College’s Rodbaston Campus. Graham Morley was one of the main driving forces behind the launch of the school, which is co-sponsored by South Staffordshire College, the National Farmers Union and global environmental business Veolia.
The Prime Minister had already complimented the school’s founders on their work, describing The Rural Enterprise Academy as “giving children the best possible start in life”.
Established as a new and exciting free school, the academy offers a unique curriculum rich in both academic and vocational subjects, which delivers a broad education alongside learning linked to rural enterprise, environmental sustainability and land-based learning.
Graham Morley commented, “It was an honour to be invited to the Prime Minister’s reception and I was delighted to attend on behalf of the academy. In its first term it has already made a marked step change in the lives of its students, who enjoy the very best facilities in superb parkland surroundings. When they move directly on to employment or through further training and education they will become the next generation of rural entrepreneurs and professionals”.