CHRISTOW PRIMARY School in the Teign Valley had a visit from the village’s local MP today (10/02/17) who was shown around the school by Headteacher Andrew Swainson, Vice Chair of Governors Mike Wharton and Executive Principal of Education South West Matthew Shanks. Central Devon MP Mel Stride was particularly interested to hear about plans to replace the 40-year-old wooden building which houses the pre-school unit - a major funding bid is currently being considered by the Department for Education. Mr Stride was also eager to gain feedback on the Government’s consultation on changes to the National Funding Formula which should see the majority of rural schools in Central Devon receive more funding.
Speaking after his visit Mr Stride said:
“In 2015 the Government injected an extra £16million into Devon’s schools to help improve our funding relative to other counties and the Department for Education is now consulting on further increased funding which on the current proposals will see the majority of schools in my constituency better off. In the Teign Valley the proposals certainly look to be beneficial with Dunsford, Christow and Doddiscombsleigh Primary Schools all set to receive a boost in funding.”
Headteacher Andrew Swainson said:
“The big news we are waiting for is the decision on the new pre-school building which is expected in March. This would be a huge step forward for our Foundation Stage Unit and it was good to catch Mel up with our plans. It was also useful to discuss the National Funding Formula and highlight how difficult running a rural school can be in terms of pupil number fluctuations and how any reduction in funding would be difficult to absorb.”
Mr Stride’s visit to Christow Primary School was the third as an MP, having last visited in 2014. He has also visited Dunsford and Doddiscombsleigh primary schools and welcomed pupils from Doddiscombsleigh to Westminster in 2015.
Photo: Central Devon MP Mel Stride being briefed on plans for a new pre-school building in Christow by Headteacher Andrew Swainson, Vice Chair of Governors Mike Wharton and Executive Principal of Education South West Matthew Shanks.