Supporting schools

Every school 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. The 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

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.

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.

MP drops into Westgate

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

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.

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.

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.