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 HOLDS MEETING AT QEGS, PUSHING FOR MORE FUNDING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

Rory Stewart, Parliamentary candidate for Penrith and The Border, met with the headteacher and head of Sixth Form at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on Friday to hear concerns about funding for rural schools. The QEGS senior management team explained the difficulties and challenges they are facing, and Rory Stewart promised to work with them, and […]

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RORY QUIZZED AT CUMBRIAN YOUNG PEOPLE’S QUESTION TIME

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, joined other Cumbrian MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates, in a Question Time style panel event organised by Young Cumbria, to give young people the opportunity to raise the issues that matter most to them. Aged between 13 – 25, the audience questioned the panel on how their […]

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RORY WELCOMES CUMBRIAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT TO WESTMINSTER

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, along with fellow Cumbrian MPs John Stevenson, Jamie Reed, John Woodcock and Sir Tony Cunningham, last week welcomed members of the Cumbria Youth Parliament to Westminster in the first meeting of its kind. Rory spent two hours in discussion with the young Cumbrians, Organised by Cumbria County […]

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RORY PRESSES FOR SUPPORT FROM SoS FOR POST-16 TRANSPORT IN CUMBRIA

Rory Stewart MP is in discussions with Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, about the “intolerable” situation regarding school transport for 16-18 year olds in Cumbria. The MP in discussions raised the importance and uniqueness of Cumbrian needs, and pressed her to make sure that Cumbria’s needs would be considered in the next comprehensive […]

Rory Stewart MP pictured with (L-R): Alex Herbert (Head of Human Resources), Ross Ferguson (IT), Darius Kent (Finance Director), Bryony Whitehead (Assistant Director) and Lauren Spowart (Managing Director)

RORY PROMOTES YOUNG ENTERPRISE WITH NTS ‘CUMBRIA UNWRAPPED’ PROJECT

Rory Stewart MP on Friday spent time with Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School’s Young Enterprise group of Year 12 students, who presented to him their ‘Cumbria Unwrapped’ product of edible products from the Cumbria. The enterprising students have identified a gap in the market for packaging Cumbrian-produced products in gift hampers presented on local pieces of […]

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RORY CELEBRATES POWER OF SPORT AT QEGS/BSKYB INITIATIVE

Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith to learn about the school’s participation in the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative. He was greeted by deputy head-teacher Rob Dawsion and participating students from Year 7 who were taking part in this new initiative designed to build young people’s confidence and life […]

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RORY LOBBYS MINISTER ON SCHOOL TRANSPORT PROVISION IN CUMBRIA

Rory Stewart MP has kept up the pressure in his on-going campaign to secure guaranteed and affordable school transport provision for students in Cumbria, by lobbying Education Minister David Laws to look further at the impact of government and council policy on Cumbrian families. Since the County Council announced at the start of the year […]

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RORY AND JAMES ASTILL JOIN FORCES TO TEACH WORLD AFFAIRS

Rory Stewart MP brought along a surprise visitor on a recent visit to Armathwaite Primary School –  James Astill, a distinguished Foreign Correspondent from the Economist. The visit was part of the school’s on-going programme of global learning activities. The MP and the Foreign Correspondent led a class on the subject of global conflict, poverty, […]

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CUMBRIA SCHOOL LEADS THE WAYS IN I.T. AND BROADBAND ENTERPRISE

Rory Stewart on Friday spent time with Wigton’s Nelson Thomlinson School’s award-winning DigiPi computer software team. The Young Enterprise group of ten Year 12 students had identified a gap in the market for computer programming training materials for primary-age students. They have developed a unique program to train students as young as six in computer programming. Rory […]