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

Twyford School visit Parliament

Steve Brine joined up with children and staff from Twyford School on Monday 18th September, as they took a tour of Parliament and sat down with their MP for a Q&A session.

Sparsholt in the House!

Thirty four children from Sparsholt Primary School visited Parliament on Monday 18th September, as they learnt more about how Parliament works and what MPs do in the House and in their constituencies.

Steve Brine welcomes boost to core schools budget

Steve Brine has welcomed the announcement that there will be an additional £1.3 billion for schools funding over two years – helping to create more good school places across Winchester & Chandler's Ford.

 

Sensory garden opened at very special school

A Winchester school held a grand opening (Sat 13 May) for a new sensory garden to help its students.

 

Shepherds Down Special School in Compton has created the space for pupils using £30,000 from a number of local firms.

Kings' School visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of teachers and staff, including headteacher Matthew Leeming, from Kings' School to Parliament on Wednesday 22nd March.

All Saints visit Parliament

Steve Brine met up with children from All Saints Primary School as they visited the House of Commons on Thursday 16th March.

Internet Legends hits Merdon Junior School

Steve Brine teamed up with Google and Parent Zone on Friday 10th February as the Internet Legends tour visited Merdon Junior School in Chandler's Ford.

 

Harestock children visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group from Harestock Primary School to Parliament on Tuesday 10th January.

 

The school took advantage of Parliament's Education Service to experience the trip, and their local MP was on hand to answer questions from the group.