LABOUR’S POSITIVE STORY ON EDUCATION IN NORTHUMBERLAND
2013, we’ve worked hard in Northumberland to keep education on an improving
track. Being jammed between Scotland and the rest of England, we’re sometimes
the forgotten county when funding for schools is doled out by Government, yet
we’ve delivered and plan to deliver a series of improvements that will make
schools better places for our children's education both now and into the
on from the last Labour Administration in Northumberland prior to 2008, who
delivered 14 new schools under the ‘putting the Learner First’ program we have
worked hard since 2013 to emulate our former Councillors and deliver the vision
successfully kick started by them.
have just given the go ahead to build a new Morpeth First school on the County
Hall site, and a major Capital Investment for the James Calvert School
federation in Amble both essential improvements projects to help young people
learn in better environments.
have delivered the modernisation of Ashington High School that was really
necessary almost a decade ago, The Lib Dem/Tory coalition ignored it, but we
bit the bullet and undertook the work.
Bedlington we haven’t just delivered a new High School, we have also included a
dry side sports centre for Community use managed out of school time by our
leisure partners, Active Northumberland.
Prudhoe a brand new school was opened this year with enhanced sports facilities
to improve the health as well the education for those children lucky enough to
attend that school and at its recent Ofsted was shown to be improving greatly
giving youngsters a far better chance in life than when the old outdated school
sat on that site.
Alnwick we have worked with Northumberland Estates to build an iconic new
school that will become the pride of the town over the next few years.
biggest plans to date is a new school in Ponteland with a Leisure Centre and
Arts Centre integrated on the same site. Our near neighbours in Durham have
delivered a similar project and were excited to get this project off the ground
to achieve even better results in one of our prime rural locations.
with a great Governor team we are also planning to fulfil their vision and
build a future proofed school on the Astley site at Seaton Delaval over the
next couple of years it will be a true community school in the image of the
current school and will bring benefits to the whole Seaton Valley community whilst
raising educational standards for those villages in the urban coalfield that
sometimes miss out due to their close proximity to the Tyneside Conurbation.
We're not going to forget them.
one of the most rural education authorities in England we still have a myriad
of small schools nestled in our beautiful villages and we work extremely hard
with these schools to deliver a high standard of education prior to young
people moving on to larger academic centres distributed across our market
at the forefront of education across a vast lowly populated area, we think the
‘new Tory model’ of Grammar schools is a distraction and an imposition from ‘on
high’. We have not delivered a one type fits all model in Northumberland, we’ve
listened to local communities and we’ve moulded educational establishments to
area’s needs and hope to do so well into the future.