Education

rory_youngcumbriaThe biggest challenges facing our schools in Penrith and The Border are those of distance and sparsity. We have the country’s smallest secondary school and its smallest sixth form college. The threat of closure is ever present for many of Cumbria’s smallest and most rural primary and secondary schools. We must do all we can to protect our schools: they form the life and heart of every village.

My colleagues and I have lobbied the Education Minister strongly to ensure the National School Funding formula recognises the unique needs of our rural schools, and provides them with additional financial support. I have worked closely with head-teachers and Cumbria County Council to establish a fair allocation of resources in Cumbria, favouring our smaller schools.

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RORY JOINS FORCES WITH CUMBRIAN YOUTH MP JACOB REID

Rory Stewart MP on Friday met with Jacob Reid, Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Carlisle and Eden, to discuss the role of the Youth Parliament, the issues facing young people in Penrith and The Border, and to establish a strong working relationship together. Jacob  – a 14-year-old pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School – […]

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RORY BACKS ‘BREAKS FOR KIDS’ CAMPAIGN

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart visited YHA Patterdale last week to find out how YHA is working to improve the lives of school children across the country. During his visit Rory met with YHA staff and was given a tour of the hostel which was being redecorated ahead of the next busy summer […]

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RORY PRAISES SCHOOLS’ COMMUNITY SPIRIT

  Rory Stewart MP met with children and staff at Patterdale C of E School on Friday, where he was given a tour of the facilities by head teacher Liz Stewart. The school currently has 29 students and has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. As well as running a nursery and after school clubs […]

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RORY VISITS ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL

  Rory Stewart MP has visited St Catherine’s Catholic School in Penrith, and met with Headteacher, Angela Hill. During his visit Rory learned that one of the school’s teachers, Rebecca Davis, has been selected to represent the North West on a specialist maths programme which will see her, for this academic year, attend training led […]

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RORY BACKS PENRITH AND THE BORDER NURSERIES

Rory Stewart MP has written to the Minister Caroline Dinenage to express concern regarding the new funding rates for Early Years provision, which will see nurseries in Penrith and The Border potentially negatively impacted by new county-wide funding rates. The new funding rates for 2017 will see an increase for most providers, with the exception […]

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RORY COACHES NELSON THOMLINSON SCHOOL’S YOUNG ENTERPRISE TEAM TO WESTMINSTER FINAL

Rory Stewart MP has met with Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School’s Young Enterprise team of Year 12 students, who presented to him their Eduvation product. The group has been selected as National Finalists and will be visiting the Houses of Parliament next month to present their product, an economics study aid which they have developed and marketed, accumulating over £1,000 in […]

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RORY VISITS THRELKELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday visited Threlkeld Primary School, where he enjoyed a tour of the school, met with staff and governors, and was introduced to students. Rory led an energetic discussion with Class 3 about the role of an MP and how Government works, and took questions from his captivated audience.    The school’s Headteacher, […]

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RORY HERALDS £26,634 FLOOD RESILIENCE PAYMENT TO CROSBY-ON-EDEN SCHOOL

Rory Stewart MP has welcomed the approval of a £26,634 grant from the Education Funding Agency for future flood resilience measures at Crosby-on-Eden C of E Primary School. The grade II listed building was badly hit by floods during Storm Desmond, with only one classroom remaining dry, and Rory has been pressing hard for as much financial support […]