Rachel has welcomed a funding boost for local schools following a visit to Abbeywood First School.
Redditch’s MP visited the Church Hill school, rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, last Friday (December 15th) where she was taken on a tour of the school and met with students.
During her visit, Rachel also met with the winners of her Christmas E-Card Design Competition Grace Attwater and Julia Kolodziejczyk.
It comes as the total core schools budget will be at its highest-ever level, in both real terms and in real terms per pupil, in 2024-25.
The budget will total £59.6 billion in 2024-25, an increase of £1.8 billion from this year and on top of the £3.9 billion rise in 2023-24. This means the total funding for all schools in Redditch and the Villages will increase to £66,675,900 in 2024-25.
Abbeywood First School will receive £5,060 per pupil in 2024/25 - that’s a 3.6% increase compared to 2023-24. It’s also £405 more per pupil than the £4,655 per pupil that all primary schools will receive as a minimum.
“As a proud product of the state school system myself, I know how vital a first-class education is to unlocking the full potential of our young people.
“Key to this is ensuring schools receive the funding they need. I promised to level up school funding in Redditch and the Villages, and the Government and I are delivering on this with the total core schools budget set to reach its highest ever level.
“School standards are important too, and I want to thank our teachers for providing students with an excellent education.”