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:

News

Jeremy Quin Visits Arunside School

Lovely to visit Arunside Primary School where I had an engaging session with year 5 students who have been learning about Parliament and democracy.

Jeremy Quin Visits Warnham Primary School

Really inspiring to visit Warnham Primary School this morning. Warnham was absolutely transformed as a school in my first couple of years as MP and it is great to see it going from strength to strength.

Jeremy Quin Visits Greenway Academy

Lovely to visit Greenway Academy to see the new leadership team and answer questions from a very engaged group of students. The school has been through a year of transition in which I have taken a close interest.

Jeremy Quin Visits Collyers

Great to visit Collyers and hear from Principal Dan Lodge the plans already underway to expand and modernise the college to meet increasing demand. Campus was very quiet as students were on leave ready for the return of exams after a pause during the pandemic.

Jeremy Quin Visits Balcombe Primary School

I visited Balcombe Primary School who were getting into the Jubilee festivities early. Pupils were dressed in red, white and blue and were enjoying activities such as crown making whilst learning about the incredible 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Tech Leading the Way

On Friday I popped into the Horsham Refugee Support Group drop-in session at the London Road Methodist Church. The drop-in sessions held on a Monday (at the Christian Life Centre) and a Friday 10-12 are for Ukrainians arriving to the area and their hosts.

Jeremy Quin Visits the New Bridge over A264

Early Friday morning I met with Ms Ayling, head of Bohunt Horsham pupils on their way to school and a representative from Legal and General to see the new bridge over the A264. I was delighted to see so many students now able to walk and cycle to the new Bohunt site.