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 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 […]

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RORY ENCOURAGES CONSTITUENCY SCHOOLS TO ENGAGE WITH INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

Rory Stewart is calling on all secondary schools in Penrith and The Border to get involved in a new competition about addressing poverty worldwide. The Shape the Future competition, calls on young people from across the country to outline and present their ideas for the future of the Millennium Development Goals. This year the competition […]

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RORY CELEBRATES GREYSTOKE SCHOOL’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY

Greystoke Primary school has this year marked it’s 175th anniversary, and Rory was among those celebrating the historic milestone, alongside pupils, teachers, parents and school governors. The Penrith and the Border MP was invited to talk on his experiences walking across Afghanistan, before engaging in a discussion about the country’s uncertain future. To mark the […]

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RORY CONTINUES CAMPAIGN FOR CUMBRIAN OUTDOOR INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Rory met with Chief Executive of the Institute for Outdoor Learning , Andy Robinson, in Penrith, as he continues in his campaign to make Cumbria a world-leader in outdoor pursuits and education. Rory has recently played an integral role in efforts to setup a satellite centre for the National Mountain Centre in local college, Newton […]