Visiting Grovelands School

This morning, I visited Grovelands School in Walton-on-Thames. I sat down with Susan Foster, Chair of Governors, and Chris Hodges, the Interim Executive Headteacher, and Bethan Chadda, Deputy Headteacher. We discussed the school’s new interim leadership as well as their ambitions for the school’s future and how I can support them going forward. The school […]

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Keeping Local Pupils Fit

I am delighted to see that primary schools in our constituency will together receive over £454,000 of extra funding for PE and sports this year. The money comes after the Department for Education’s decision to double the PE and Sports Premium from £160 million to £320 million, and is one aspect of a series of programmes […]

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Hersham Youth Centre

Last night, I visited Hersham Youth Centre. I gave a short talk on my role as a MP and Minister and then chatted to the youngsters, asking them what changes they would make if they had the chance. My thanks to Warren Ayres and Chris Beck from Hersham Youth Centre who organise a range of […]

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Esher High School U16 Campaign

On Friday, I met with pupils from Esher High School to discuss their campaign to lower the voting age to 16. Saher and Lauren (pictured below) gave a great presentation, powerfully and eloquently making their case. I remain to be convinced that lowering the voting age is the right thing to do, mainly because I […]

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Surrey Clubs for Young People

Last night, I attended the Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) 70th anniversary celebrations at the Houses of Parliament. The event was put on to celebrate the fantastic work that SCYP does, and to recognise the clubs that are core to the charity’s work. The reception was well-attended by key representatives from a number of […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

The Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets, who I visited in November 2015 (blogged here), are holding a fundraising appeal to raise money for a new, modernised building at their site in Shepperton. The current building is old, damp and small. It has not been repaired since a flood in 2014. The Cadets have produced a […]

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Visiting Local Schools in Elmbridge

Today, I visited three local schools in Elmbridge – ACS Cobham International, Hinchley Wood Secondary School and Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate. As well as catching up with the schools’ plans for the future, it is a great chance to engage with local youngsters. At Hinchley Wood School, I spoke to a group of Year […]

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Cobham Rugby Club

Last Saturday, I went down to Cobham Rugby Club for their ‘Value the Volunteer’ lunch, before their home game against Chobam (I know – a bit of a tongue-twister for the pundits). I spoke about how valuable volunteers are for local sports clubs and charities more generally, and how local community sport is vital for […]

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Rydens Enterprise School

Last week, I visited Rydens Enterprise School in Hersham. I had a useful discussion with the new Head of School, Mrs Payne, who updated me on the latest renovation plans, and we also talked about the school’s wider ambitions. I also took some time to take a raft of questions from a group of Year […]

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