MP secures meeting for Rugeley Headmaster with education minister
18th November 2010
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Chase MP Aidan Burley secured a highly sought after meeting with Lord Hill of Oakeshott, the Education Minister, for local Headmaster Mark Sutton from Fairoak and Hagley Schools in Rugeley.

 

With schools up and down the country trying to secure meetings with their MPs and Education Ministers to discuss the future of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme, local MP made sure that Rugeley’s voice was heard down in Westminster.

Aidan said: “Virtually every school in the land is trying to meet with Michael Gove and his team to discuss the implications of the scaling back of the BSF programme, so I was delighted to be able to secure and personally attend this meeting. I was proud to support Mark Sutton and his team as they put their case to the Minister directly in Westminster.

“Whilst there was agreement on all sides that the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme was highly inefficient and bureaucratic, we made it clear that it was still our aim locally to see the town's two high schools - Hagley Park Sports College and Fair Oak Business and Enterprise College, together with the Aelfgar Sixth Form Centre - brought together onto a newly developed single site built to modern and efficient standards.”

Executive Head teacher Mark Sutton said: "It was a very positive meeting. We could not expect that we would come away from the meeting with a cheque for £35m, but it was good to have our voice heard at the highest levels of government. Lord Hill was very interested in our innovative plans for a brand new learning campus and was impressed by the economic and educational arguments.”

"We must now wait for the outcome of the James Review in December which will set out how the capital for the re-building and refurbishment of schools across the country will be distributed."

The campaign to secure funding for a new super school for Rugeley will now await the response from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, Lord Hill, who has now received the county council's proposal for a reduced level of funding.

 

Information courtesy of Alex Simpson, Assistant.

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