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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.


Weston Mercury: MP Visits School, which has plans to expand

E-mail Print!image/2053091007.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/2053091007.jpgMP JOHN Penrose dropped in to Burrington Primary School to see plans to expand it.


More government money for children going back to school

E-mail Print local children are starting a new academic year, Weston MP John Penrose has hailed the increase in the Pupil Premium from £488 to £600 for every child who has been on Free School Meals in the last six years.  This means that more than three and a half thousand schoolchildren on Free School Meals in and around Weston will benefit from an extra £2.1 million investment in their education.


In North Somerset: MP cuts turf to launch Weston College's £10 million investment

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In North Somerset reports on a new £10 million building project at Weston College has been officially launched by MP John Penrose. 


Weston Mercury: Minister makes Academy visit

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The Weston Mercury reports on Weston's’ MP, John Penrose, who visited Hans Price Academy to talk with students about life in Westminster.


Penrose launches phase one of £10million college project

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The Weston Mercury reports on a new £10million building project to help the unemployed at Weston College has been officially launched by MP John Penrose.


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