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FF4S Campaign

Fairer funding for local schools

In the past, North Somerset schools have had one of the worst Government funding deals in the country. In 2009 we got £138 less education cash per pupil than Bath, £625 less than Bristol, and a whopping £2,628 less than Tower Hamlets in London.

Under the last Labour Government John ran a long campaign, which included taking the issue directly to the door of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. The work paid off and, in the end, we got an extra £321 per pupil.

Since 2010 the new coalition Government has introduced the ‘pupil premium’, which provides extra cash specifically for students from less-well-off backgrounds. For example in 2012 it brought in an extra £600 for every child who has been on Free School Meals in the last six years. John is a big fan of the idea, because it’s starting to iron out the old, unfair funding gaps and targets the money where it’s needed most.

So local pupils are getting a fairer deal now, even though the gap hasn’t gone entirely yet. And lots of other changes are being introduced as well. For example, in 2011 we got an increase of almost a quarter in our capital grant to spend on improving school buildings and equipment; four local secondary schools are now academies; and everyone (including Weston College where John is proud to have been a Governor for many years) is delivering some brilliant recent GCSE and A-Level results which bucked the national trend by rising strongly.

So we’ve come a long way, but there’s more to do. John has pledged to keep fighting for fairer funding until the gap is closed, so students at schools in Weston, Worle and the Villages get the same chances as pupils in other parts of the country.


John attends golf day that raises thousands for new sports hall

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Teams teed off at Weston-super-Mare Golf Club and raised more than £3,000 towards Westhaven School’s new sports hall.


John supports Churchill's New Science Block Application

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John Penrose has supported Churchill Academy's application for planning permission to build a new two-storey block to replace its current one, which is in a ‘poor’ condition.


MP sure that everyone ready to support Worle School's new team

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After an 'inadequate' Ousted inspection, John confirms he is speaking with the school's new team (drafted in from nearby Priory School) and feels sure that everyone will support them in whatever steps they need to take to get things moving in the right direction.


Weston Mercury: MP applauds Weston College's 100 in 100 Apprenticeship Success

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John has praised Weston College's 100 apprenticeship pledges from businesses in 100 days project that has reached its target 75 days early...



MP delighted that ‘Outdated’ school funding to be overhauled

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Weston-super-Mare’s MP says he ‘couldn’t be happier’ about the Government’s plans to overhaul school funding following years of campaigning for local schools to get a better deal.

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