St Albans schools lobby Westminster, MP promises to raise concerns

St Albans MP Anne Main

St Albans MP Anne Main - Credit: Archant

Verulam School headmaster Paul Ramsey will join fellow school leaders in a special delegation to Westminster today (Wednesday), to lobby local politicians for additional money.

Paul said MPs would be told: “We can’t squeeze our schools any more.”

And last week, Sandringham head Alan Gray chaired the Herts Schools Forum which focused on funding problems across the county.

Alan said: “We have had a ‘flat-cash’ settlement for the past two years which is not commonly known or broadcast by the government. This has resulted in schools already making cuts throughout this period, despite having to deliver on national teacher and support staff pay rises and changes to employer pension contributions.”

St Albans MP Anne Main said she was taking the issue “very seriously” and would listen to headteachers’ concerns, including about sixth-form funding and the wider financial pressures they face.

She added: “I will ensure their concerns are raised at the very highest level, and look forward to an open and honest dialogue about the best way forward for our local schools.”