MP pledges support for rural schools

Neil Parish MP with Farway Primary School pupils.

Neil Parish MP with Farway Primary School pupils. - Credit: Archant

Neil Parish recently visited Farway Primary School to meet pupils, teachers and governors.

Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish has pledged his support for rural schools and the role they play in local communities in East Devon.

This follows his recent visit to Farway Church of England Primary School when he met pupils, teachers and governors.

Mr Parish said: “I was delighted to visit the school. It is clear that it is at the very centre of Farway village’s life – parents, governors and teachers have demonstrated that they want the school to remain an integral part of the local community for future generations.

“It is important that parents living in, or near, villages like Farway have the choice to send their children to local rural schools that they know are good for the children and good for the local community.”

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Mr Parish will be writing to the local authority and the Exeter Diocesan Director of Education to show his support for the school.

He will also be writing to education secretary Nicky Morgan to seek assurances that the needs of small rural schools are reflected in national education policy.

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To prepare for his visit last Friday (January 15), the children considered democracy in Britain and the role of MPs.

Mr Parish was quizzed by pupils about his role and political career and gave them an insight into how Parliament works.

He told the pupils that the most enjoyable aspect about being a politician in Parliament was debating.

Headteacher Katie Gray said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Neil Parish MP to the school.

“We were pleased that he supports rural schools like ours and appreciates the wider role they play in local community life.

“He was impressed with our beautiful environment, wide variety of resources and family atmosphere.

“The pupils were interested in talking to the MP about what his job involves and are linking themes about democracy to their studies.”

Meanwhile, a new experienced member of staff has been employed to further develop the pre-school, including enhancing outdoor learning experiences.

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