Raising Standards in Our Local Schools

Nothing matters more than delivering a good education for our children. I have set up termly meetings with all our headteachers to ensure I have a thorough understanding of the needs of schools across the constituency.

I am also keen to support other opportunities for our young people to develop the skills they need to succeed and am a regular visitor to our local National Citizen Service scheme.


Great funding news for two local schools

There’s been great news for KTS Academy in Brotton and Whitecliffe Academy in Carlin How this week. Both have received substantial sums for building works under the Government’s Condition Improvement Funding scheme for schools in 2019-20.

New support for our local schools

There's important news for pupils and parents at Laurence Jackson School and Freebrough Academy.

In October, the Government announced £24 million for "Opportunity North East" - a three year programme to improve education and employment outcomes in our region.

Welcome progress on a new secondary school for Middlesbrough

At Education Questions today I highlighted the totally unacceptable situation regarding the lack of secondary school places in Middlesbrough, and called for urgent action. A bid has been submitted for a new free school in Middlehaven.

School Places in Middlesbrough

I want to update you on the shortage of secondary school places in Middlesbrough that was reported yesterday. Some of the families affected are friends and I share their frustration and concern about what is a totally unacceptable situation.

Freebrough Academy - Update for Parents

I visited Freebrough Academy today to discuss the school turnaround plan with the new leadership team there. In my short video I explain the key issues.

Freebrough Academy - An Important Update for Parents

I want to update parents at Freebrough Academy in Brotton about the latest situation. You should by now have received a letter inviting you to a special meeting at the school at 5.30pm on Monday 25 February.

Debating the Future - A visit to Nunthorpe Academy

At the end of a very testing week, it was great to join the sixth form at Nunthorpe Academy to talk about the big issues of the future, from climate change to abortion law to (inevitably!) Brexit. These sessions are one of the best parts of being an MP.

2018 Christmas Card Competition - The Results!

On Friday I paid a lovely visit to Highcliffe Primary School. in Guisborough to celebrate the work of pupil Mollie Humble, who produced a stunning design 'Guisborough at Christmas' for the front of my Christmas Cards!

Meeting Students at the Brilliant King's Academy

The King's Academy in Coulby Newham is a great school and I visited to meet inspirational headteacher Mr Dawes, who brings huge experience both as a school leader and also from his former life in business and in the Army.