Supporting schools and early years

Every school bar one in Steve Brine's Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency is ranked 'Good' our 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, an impressive feat and testament to the hard work of local teachers, parents and pupils. Watch Steve make this point at PMQs.

Local MP Steve Brine made supporting schools one of his top priorities from the moment he was elected and one of his energetic campaigns during his first term was to lead calls for much needed new primary school places in Winchester. He keeps close tabs on the position in Chandler's Ford where school place planning must stay ahead of demand.

Conservative-led Hampshire County Council responded to that campaign with a £10m plan to the relief of families across the city. This brought 420 new primary places online for September 2014 and included expansions at St Peter's, All Saints and Weeke plus the creation of Hampshire's first 'all-through' school at The Westgate. With a nursery on-site, young people can now experience education on the Westgate site from 4-16.

Steve has also championed the move to Academy status (where driven by local parents and governing bodies) at Perins School in Alresford and Thornden in Chandler's Ford. Both school are Outstanding and hugely popular; the Alresford school now being part of a MAT (Multi Academy Trust) bringing the previously failing Sun Hill Juniors in the town under its' wing. Steve opposed his own Government's muted plans to force all schools to academise in 2016.

The MP regularly visits local schools, often taking part in Q&A sessions with children and hosts visits to Westminster's Education Centre. Email the team if you would like Steve to visit or find out more about Visiting Westminster.

Steve also serves as a Trustee on the University of Winchester Academy Trust which will run the new school at Kings Barton.

The constituency also has some world renowned schools in the private sector - Winchester College, Twyford School, Sherborne House, Princes' Mead and St Swithuns - and Steve Brine maintains good relationships with each of them.

Steve is also Chair of the influential All-Party Group for Children & Early Years in Parliament and campaigns to address the serious challenges facing this sector.

Pictured; Steve brought the Premier League trophy to Weeke School in Winchester as part of their Primary Stars programme, chatting with parents at Harestock Primary School, meeting pupils at Oliver's Battery Primary School and addressing a public meeting on the need for new school places at The Westgate School shortly after being elected in 2010.

See below Steve's strong track record of work in this area ...


School visit takes in Prince's Mead

Winchester MP Steve Brine dropped into Prince's Mead School this afternoon.

He met with Head, Peter Thacker, and Chair of Governors, Mel Renwick, for a catch-up on the school based near Kings Worthy.

MP to chair Early Years group

Steve Brine is to chair an influential new group in Parliament tasked with examining the future of early years.

The MP, who represents Winchester and Chandler's Ford, had made the issue one of his priorities for the new Parliament after being re-elected in December's General Election.

Steve Brine opens new outdoor gym equipment at Weeke Primary School

Steve Brine MP helped Weeke Primary School celebrate their new facilities by taking part in an official opening ceremony, alongside other special guests Alex Georgiou and Harry Flett, who form part of the Energise Me Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme.

MP visits new head at St Faith's

Local MP Steve Brine dropped into St Faith's School in central Winchester today to meet new Headteacher Richard Fountain.

Big win for our area on school funding

Steve Brine has said he is “very pleased” for local schools after details emerged of increases to local school funding announced by the Government.

MP visits Kings Worthy Primary School

Local MP Steve Brine paid a visit to Kings Worthy Primary School this morning to meet students and staff as well as Headteacher, Jamie Dodson.