Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin takes head of top Dudley school to meet Education Secretary in Westminster

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is meeting with a local head teacher and the Education Secretary this week.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is taking the head teacher of Ellowes Hall, Andy Griffiths, to meet the Education Secretary Michael Gove this week.

Austin arranged the meeting after raising concerns in Parliament about the number of Dudley children refused a place at their first choice schools because they are full.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Education Secretary to hear how top local schools like Ellowes Hall find themselves oversubscribed year after year but are not able to expand to meet demand.

Austin has been campaigning for school funding rules to be changed so that popular, well-run and financially-sound schools that are consistently over-subscribed are able to borrow the money they need to expand. Schools would then pay off the loans with the extra funding they receive from taking on more pupils.

Ian Austin said:

“I think improving education and skills and making sure more young people get a first class education has to be our number one priority because it’s the only way we’ll attract new industries and new jobs on which our prosperity will depend.

“Every year I hear from local parents whose children have lost out on a place at their first choice school.

“I don’t see why so many children in Dudley should be denied places in popular and successful schools just because they haven’t got the space.

“I think that well-run, oversubscribed and financially sound schools should be able to borrow what they need to expand and then pay the money back with the revenue the extra pupils would bring.”

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