Supporting Local Schools

Jeremy is a great supporter of our local schools. He regularly visits schools in the constituency and enjoys meeting teachers and students to discuss a range of topics.  Prior to the dissolution of Parliament on 6th November 2019, Jeremy enjoyed meeting local school visits to Parliament.  

Our area is rightly very proud of the quality of our local schools and teaching - and of the successes of local students.  Local Schools and Colleges have an enviable reputation and standards are high.  While there is further to go it was particularly pleasing to see a significant improvement in local primaries’ Key Stage 2 results (and some terrific individual results) as this has been a comparatively weak area across the county as a whole.

Higher funding is only one of many elements that drive educational success but ensuring schools get the right resources is incredibly important.  The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that real terms per pupil funding for 5 to 16 year olds in 2020 will be more than 50 per cent higher than it was in 2000 and the OECD’s (2015) statistics suggest that the UK appears to spend the highest percentage of its GDP on institutions delivering primary and secondary education compared to other G7 countries.  It is right that we invest heavily in education and it is important that schools on a comparative basis get their fair share.

Virtually the first meeting Jeremy conducted when he was first-elected as an MP in 2015 was with the then Education Secretary to demand that the Government honour the Conservative Manifesto commitment to introduce fairer and more transparent funding for schools.

Jeremy, alongside West Sussex MPs, campaigned hard on this issue regularly meeting with local Headteachers and Ministers and holding Parliamentary debates  to fight for increased resources for local schools, 

Jeremy was delighted that, as a result of months of campaigning, the Government brought forward changes to the funding mechanism, resulting in a transparent formula aimed at ensuring that every pupil anywhere in England with the same characteristics would be moved towards receiving the same funding (adjusted for local costs).

This was a real victory for our schools and as a direct result our schools are seeing real increases in their funding.  Jeremy was particularly pleased to see a minimum per pupil funding guarantee.  He had demanded this in Education Questions and in PMQs and its delivery directly helped local secondary schools: who received an average funding boost of 11 per cent.

However, Jeremy does recognises that costs have also increased, often beyond the additional specific funding support provided by the department on issues such as teachers pay and pensions,  Jeremy has continued to meet with Headteachers to discuss their funding concerns.  In particular he has focussed on “High Needs” funding.  Jeremy and local MPs met the Education Secretary to press for progress on this issue twice before a significant funding increase (of £250m over two years) was announced to support this critical area and in doing so help every school support every pupil.  Jeremy has since met County and Heads to discuss how best this funding (and the promise of capital support) can be deployed.

Please see below for updates from Jeremy on our schools:

News

Horsham Schools Receive Major Funding Uplift

The National Fair Funding Formula already introduced by this Government is a fairer and more transparent system and for example provides extra support to children who have a difficult start in life or speak English as a second language. 

Good News for Local Schools

One of the many attractions of our area is the high quality of our local schools.  There are 40 maintained schools in the Horsham constituency and I am delighted that due to the hard work of heads, staff and governors all but one of these schools rated by Ofsted is either “Good” or “Outstanding”.

Jeremy Quin Meets GLF Schools Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

I met Jon Chaloner, Chief Executive, and Sarah Lynagh, Chief Operating Officer, of GLF Schools to discuss the newly opened Kilnwood Vale Primary School.

It was great to hear from Jon and Sarah how the school has already become an important part of the Kilnwood Vale community.

Congratulations to our A Level Students

Summer, for most students, is a relaxing six week break from school. But for A Level and GCSE students, Summer can be a nervous time waiting for results day!

Congratulations to A-Level Students!

Congratulations to all students who collected their A-Level results yesterday!

Results locally were excellent, with both Collyers and The Weald achieving an A Level pass rate of 99 per cent!

Jeremy Quin Meets with Tanbridge House School Students for a Q&A

It was great to join a group of Tanbridge House School students for a lively discussion.

We covered topics that were priorities to the students which included; social media, the internet, the environment, local housing provision, LGBTQ+ clubs in schools, voting age and Brexit.

Jeremy Quin Visits Millais School's Citizenship Fair

I enjoyed visiting Millais School and discussing with students the topics they had decided to explore as part of their Citizenship Fair.

I was very impressed at the project areas the students explored- including concerns such as human trafficking, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Jeremy Quin Opens Greenway School’s New Sensory Garden

I greatly enjoyed visiting Greenway School, Horsham to join the team responsible for the school’s new sensory garden for its formal opening.

The garden is a great space for break time but also offers a “different” learning and reading environment.