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 ...


Physiotherapy launch brings University in the City

The University of Winchester is developing new degree programmes in the healthcare arena as part of its new Health & Wellbeing Faculty and the first of these - Physiotherapy - opened today.

MP visits Perins in Alresford

Steve Brine dropped into Perins school in Alresford on Friday 22nd June and student numbers, budgets and safe crossings were on the agenda.

Steve Brine visits Western Primary School

Steve Brine dropped into Western Primary School, in the heart of Fulflood, on Friday 8th June.

The Winchester MP discussed school funding and admissions, before taking a look around and meeting a number of staff and children.

MP drops into Westgate

Steve Brine visited Westgate on Friday 8th June to catch up with new headteacher Fae Dean.

All Saints hit Parliament

Steve Brine met a lively group of children from All Saints school as they visited the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 22nd May.

Steve Brine visits St Swithun's School

Steve Brine visited St Swithun's School on Friday 27th April as he spoke to Year 11 and Sixth Form students about a range of current issues.

Premier League trophy visits Weeke Primary School

Weeke Primary School in Winchester was nominated by Steve Brine to have a special visit from the Premier League on Friday 27th April, giving all children a once in a lifetime opportunity see the Premier League Trophy up close, and take part in specialist practical and nutrition sessions hosted by

Weeke Primary School set a county first

Weeke Primary school in Winchester have worked in collaboration with Talking Outcomes, a local independent Speech & Language Consultancy, for over a year to become the first school in Hampshire to achieve this prestigious award, which is valid for 3 years.

Steve Brine visits Winchester College

Steve Brine visited Winchester College on Friday 20th April as he met with staff and pupils as well as taking a tour of the school founded in the late 14th Century.

Harestock children enjoy day in London

Thirty seven Year 6 children from Harestock Primary School had truly unique and wonderful experience when they travelled to London on Wednesday 31st January.