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 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 […]

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, […]


Rory launches local schools’ ‘We Made It’ manufacturing competition

Rory has joined UK manufacturers to encourage kids to get excited about manufacturing careers. Proud  to have launched the We Made It! competition in Penrith and the Border, working closely with local schools and industries to help young people understand how exciting and rewarding a career in manufacturing can be, he has  written to all his […]


Rory presents Olympic legacy funding to KSGS Community Sports Hall

Rory spent the morning of Saturday 5th May at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, where he spent time with staff and students, and even played a round of badminton, before presenting the school with its cheque for £120,000 of Olympic legacy funding that has been obtained from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. The Inspired Facilities fund […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]