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.  

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:


Expanding Local Education

Last week schools returned. It’s an exciting moment, especially for the record number of pupils starting at local secondaries and moving into the “6th Form” at school or college.  

2023 So Far...

i-Rock Horsham District

One of the most uplifting moments of the year so far was attending the official opening of i-Rock Horsham District. 

A Level Results Day

I know Results Day can be a really daunting day for young people (and their parents!).

This year:

91% of UK 18 year old university applicants achieved their first or insurance choice,

27.2% of A level entries are A or higher, more than in 2019,

Supporting Local Schools

Friday, for many, marked the start of the summer holidays. Young people on leaving on Friday would have said thank you to their teachers and I would like to also say a big thank you teachers, headteachers and all the support staff who all work incredibly hard.

Jeremy Quin Visits The Weald School

On Friday morning I visited The Weald School in Billingshurst for a Q&A session with the Sixth Formers. A great range of really interesting questions.


Photo Credit: Jeremy Quin answering questions from Sixth Form students.

Jeremy Quin Visits Leechpool Primary School

Lovely to meet Year 5 pupils at Leechpool Primary School following their invitation! Good to chat on a range of issues and answer some insightful questions from pupils on the role of an MP.

Jeremy Quin Visits St Andrew's School, Nuthurst

It was lovely to speak to Lewes Class at St Andrew's School, Nuthurst. The Children had written to me about the environment. We had a good discussion and also touched on other issues from the Coronation to Harry Potter!


Photo Credit: Jeremy Quin and Lewes Class.