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 at William Howard School

Rory quizzed at Cumbrian Young People’s Question Time

Rory Stewart joined fellow Cumbrian Members of Parliament John Stevenson (Carlisle) and John Woodcock (Barrow in Furness) for a Young People’s Question Time at Rheged on Saturday 25th February, in a panel question-and-answer event organised by Young Cumbria that will be followed by young people’s surgeries. The three Cumbrian MPs were  joined by Cumbria County Councillor Anne Burns (Children’s Social […]

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Rory welcomes sporting legacy boost for Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

  Rory has welcomed news that Kirkby Stephen Grammar School has secured £120,000 of Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, part of the £135 million Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London […]

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Rory Speaks on Rural Schools

Transcript I thank the hon. Member for Copeland (Mr Reed) for securing the debate and for all his leadership on Cumbria. Central to the issue is rurality and sparse population, and if he represents the constituency in England furthest from London, I represent the constituency in England with the most sparse population. We have about […]


wigton schoolgirl nominated for ‘v-inspired award’

Rory has nominated local Wigton schoolgirl Sally Robinson for a national ‘V-inspired Award’, which recognises the fantastic achievements of young volunteers aged between 16 and 25 from across the UK. Rory nominated Sally, who is 17 years old, as an “exceptional and inspirational” young volunteer. Sally took part in the pilot National Citizen Service earlier this […]

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Iranian Girls

First Published in Prospect Magazine   They are not free because their minds are not free,” said the headmistress, introducing me to my first class. “You are not here only to teach them English, you are here to open their minds.” Ten women were seated around a table in the over-heated room. All except two […]


olympic ‘school games’

Rory is calling on all schools in Penrith and the Border to sign up to the School Games programme, which aims to boost the existing network of school sports to create a year-round calendar of competition for pupils of all abilities in the lead up to next year’s Olympic Games. The inaugural national finals will […]


high hesket ce primary school

Rory  last week welcomed children from High Hesket CE Primary School to Parliament where they won a prestigious parliamentary prize for their work on the internet. The five pupils received the £1,200 prize, on the behalf of their class, having been the Regional Winners in the North-West section of the Make IT Happy competition. Make […]


partnership in outdoor learning

Rory visited Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre on Friday and called for closer partnerships between farms, schools, colleges and the voluntary sector on outdoor learning. Low Luckens, an industrial and provident society founded in 2000, educates the public in wildlife, renewable energy, sustainable farming and nature conservation. Rory visited the organic farm and its associated […]


‘make it happy’ primary school competition

Rory has written to over sixty primary schools in his constituency to encourage them to enter the 2011 Make IT Happy competition, the theme of which is ‘Pass IT On’. This year schools across Britain are being challenged to demonstrate how they have used technology to connect schoolchildren with others in their community – whether down […]

rory urges council to listen to parents in primary school debate

Rory has issued a statement in relation to the ongoing consultation at High Hesket and Armathwaite primary schools, and will attempt to broker a better level of communication between parents, teachers and local authority representatives. He said: “Having met with a number of parents and teachers in the past weeks I can see that this […]