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 Launches Young Person’s Surgery at Appleby Grammar School Play

Rory launched his young person’s surgery – a drop-in session for constituents under 18 – at Appleby grammar school this weekend, before attending the school production of the Wizard of Oz, and visiting the food fair in aid of the school’s trip to South Africa. Approximately 100 students and staff were involved in this year’s […]

In Alston

rory meets with local representatives to discuss alston’s future

Rory braved the bad weather to visit Alston – recently crowned the UK’s first ever Social Enterprise Town – to discuss with local community representatives and officials from the Department of Communities and Local Government how the area can continue to build on the success of recent community-led projects. The local MP and DCLG officials […]

Rory ACActive Jan 2013

rory advocates greater outdoors education in penrith and the borders

Rory on Saturday attended the launch event at Penrith’s Go Outdoors centre for a new adventure learning organisation which will help young people complete their Duke of Edinburgh awards. ACActive, in conjunction with Cumbria Youth Alliance, has set up an open award centre which aims to ensure that any young person who would like the opportunity […]


rory discusses afghanistan and travel with ullswater and QEGS students

Rory was invited to Ullswater Community College in Penrith on Friday, where he gave a slide show on his Asian travels, and took questions from 150 students from both Ullswater and neighbouring Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Rory introduced the history, the culture, and the religion of the Central Asian region. He showed slides on family […]


rory awards constituency christmas card prize to plumpton school

Rory this week presented the prize for his annual Christmas card competition to five year old Erin McCanny from Plumpton Primary School. Her card was chosen from dozens of entries from primary schools across the constituency, Rory awarded first place  Erin’s ‘three-robins’ design will form the cover of Rory Stewart’s official Christmas card which will […]


rory opens hunter hall primary school’s new library

Hunter Hall Primary School this week officially opened their new library, and Rory had the honour of being invited to cut the ribbon. Hunter Hall is one of the very few remaining independent primary schools in Cumbria. On the day, the headmaster Dr Tony Winzor explained that the vision of a school library was over […]


rory celebrates ‘parliament week’ with penruddock primary school

Rory  was delighted to accept an invitation from the pupils of Penruddock Primary School to visit them on Friday and celebrate ‘Parliament Week’ in their school. Running this year from 19 – 25 November, Parliament Week is a national initiative coordinated by the House of Commons and the House of Lords with the aim of […]

Rory ACActive Jan 2013

Cumbrian MPS win guarantee on Rural School Funding Formula

On Monday 22nd October 2012, the committee of Cumbrian MPs met with Education Minister David Laws, who has confirmed that funding for rural schools would be protected in the education reforms. The meeting followed weeks of debate about how to allocate funding between rural and urban schools, with many urban schools claiming they were under-funded, […]