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.  He is also delighted to meet 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 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 fellow 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 other 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

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.

Celebrating our New Schools and Volunteers

One of the great pleasures of being the MP for Horsham is visiting our excellent schools.  They have a terrific reputation and we want to ensure that we can accommodate both the impact of the nationwide increase in the number of secondary school students (which effects us locally) and the impact

Jeremy Quin Visits the New Kilnwood Vale Primary School

It was great to visit the site of the new Kilnwood Vale Primary School.

The school will be open to reception and nursery children in September and will be run by the GLF Trust- who will also be responsible for running the new primary school at Wickhurst Green.

A Busy Week in Horsham

It is hugely helpful to all MPs to get back to their constituencies to get perspective!  On Friday it was a pleasure to meet Stanley White from the Ashtonleigh Residential Home, one of Britain’s oldest men.  Stanley was a fireman through the Blitz.  There were so many examples of bravery in the l

Jeremy Quin Meets Tanbridge House School Governors

I met the Chair and the other Governors of Tanbridge House School to discuss the school, resources and opportunities- including in relation to SEN provision.  Tanbridge  is an outstanding school in every way and I very much enjoy my regular visits and meeting Tanbridge students. 

Busy at Home and in Westminster

The Brexit saga continues.  Rather than supporting an agreement that has been negotiated with the EU and is deliverable the Commons has voted to run its own process.  There is no guarantee that this will result in an alternative proposition that has consensus support, nor that that this would the