Neil Parish MP fights for a new school

Neil Parish MP emphasised to the Prime Minister that Tiverton High School is in need of a new school at Prime Ministers’ Questions today.  


Neil emphasised that Tiverton High School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, despite facing many challenges, including a higher rate of child poverty than the rest of Devon County or England. Yet, Tiverton High School achieves a greater pass rate of GCSEs than the county and England national average.  


Speaking after PMQs Neil said: “The teachers and the children at Tiverton High School achieve extremely good results. They deserve and need a new school. Indeed, they have in the past been identified as a high priority for requiring a new school.  


“Right now, Tiverton High School cannot deliver all the school places needed for the local town, meaning children are missing out on their local school. Tiverton is a growing town, and more homes are being planned.  


“Tiverton High School is located in Flood Zone 3. If the River Exe were to burst its banks there would be a significant risk to life, endangering the lives of children and teachers. It is therefore not good enough to merely refurbish the existing school.  


“Fortunately, a new site has been located, a business plan has been put together by Devon County Council and outline planning permission has been granted for the site. The plans will increase capacity at the school so all children will be able to attend their local school. All we need is for the school to be built.  


I was pleased that the Prime Minister said she will help facilitate a meeting with me, Mrs Sammy Crook, Tiverton High School’s Head Teacher and the Schools Minister to make sure we can deliver the school that Tiverton deserves.”