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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NEW PLAN FOR NATIONAL PARKS GIVES EVERY SCHOOLCHILD A CHANCE TO VISIT

Every schoolchild in England will have the chance to visit our inspiring National Parks at each stage of their education under plans announced today by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss—as new figures reveal only 10% of schoolchildren currently have access to outdoor learning. The new Plan for National Parks kickstarts a programme of activity to safeguard […]

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RORY HAILS FAIR-FUNDING BREAKTHROUGH FOR CUMBRIA’S SCHOOLS

Following a long-running campaign in which he has lobbied government to adopt a fairer funding formula for rural schools, Rory Stewart MP – who is also Minister for Rural Affairs in DEFRA, and a champion for rural-proofing of government policy – has hailed today’s news of a consultation into fairer school-funding as a “significant breakthrough”. […]

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RORY PRAISES ‘WONDERFUL’ CULGAITH SCHOOL

Rory Stewart MP visited Culgaith Primary school on Friday and took part in the school assembly, where he presented five year old Tom Taylor – the winner of his annual Christmas card competition – with book vouchers for Penrith’s Rheged Centre. Culgaith, which has been a first school since the mid 1970’s, currently has 61 […]

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RORY HAILS ‘CORNERSTONE’ COMMUNITY RURAL CRIME INITIATIVE

Rory Stewart MP was delighted to award runners-up and winners of the Country Watch Eden official logo competition at Appleby Grammar School last week, where he handed out certificates to overall winners Hamish Donnelly and Sasha Parkin from the school’s Year 7. The pupils’ two logos have been amalgamated to create the image which will […]

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RORY CELEBRATES ‘PARLIAMENT WEEK’ WITH APPLEBY SIXTH-FORMERS

Parliament Week, coordinated by the House of Commons with support from the House of Lords, was celebrated by MP Rory Stewart in an informal discussion about local and national politics with a group of sixth form students at Appleby Grammar School last week, part of a programme of events and activities designed to connect people […]

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RORY ENCOURAGES YOUNG CUMBRIAN JOURNALISTS

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, is highlighting an outstanding opportunity for budding young Cumbrian journalists. The opportunity involves two incentives taking place during the summer. The News Academy Summer School, in partnership with The Times and The Sun, and is a free week-long journalist training programme for students aged 16 to 18. […]

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RORY JOINS LARGEST EVER GRADUATING CLASS AT NEWTON RIGG

On Friday, local MP and Minister for Rural Affairs Rory Stewart attended the 2015 Graduation Ceremony at Newton Rigg, of the triumvirate of agricultural colleges – including Askham Bryan satellite colleges at Guisborough and at Newcastle – of which Newton Rigg in Penrith and The Border is the hub. Rory joined Askham Bryan Executive Principal […]

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RORY COMBINES HYMN PRACTICE WITH POLITICAL Q&A AT ST CUTHBERTS SCHOOL

Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday joined Wigton Mayor Joe Cowell and County Councillor and former education portfolio-holder Duncan Fairbairn on a visit to St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School in Wigton, where he joined afternoon hymn practice and then led a political question-and-answer session with curious students. Rory was especially pleased to visit a local […]

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RORY LEADS POLITICAL DEBATE AT KIRKBY STEPHEN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday visited Kirkby Stephen Primary School, where he enjoyed a tour of the school, meetings with staff, and introductions to pupils both in the classroom and in assembly, where he led an energetic debate on the role of politicians and politics, the process of passing laws, and the needs of […]