Supporting schools

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.

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 ...

News

Barton Peveril Welcome Steve Brine MP

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College welcomed Steve Brine MP, Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Member of Parliament, on Friday 26th April.

Steve Brine MP supports Lanterns in Parliament

Steve Brine met up with representatives from Lanterns in Parliament on Monday 11th March.

The Winchester MP has been supporting the Bereweeke nursery as they backed a campaign aimed at securing future funding for maintained nursery schools.

Sparsholt College visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of students from Sparsholt College to Parliament in February as they took advantage of Parliament’s Education Centre which teaches young people about how our democracy works.

MP visits Prince’s Mead School

Steve Brine visited Prince’s Mead School on Friday 18th January.

The Winchester MP dropped in to meet with the new Head, Peter Thacker, as they discussed current events and future plans for the independent school based at Abbots Worthy.

MP discusses local schools with Education Chief

Steve Brine met up with Hampshire Education Chief, Cllr Stephen Reid (Friday 11th January) as they discussed the performance of primary and secondary schools across the MPs constituency.

Harestock children visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of Year 6 children to Parliament on Tuesday 8th January.

They took a tour of Parliament, which including watching part of a debate on Brexit, before meeting their MP for a special Q&A session.

Thornden visit for MP

Thornden Secondary School in Chandler's Ford is one of the best schools in the country and it had a visit from local MP, Steve Brine, this morning who wanted to see for himself its progress.