Priti visiting local schools affected by RAAC

Massive funding boast for rebuilding Witham’s schools

Published on 14th February 2024 Published in General NewsPublished in Local News

Local MP Priti Patel has expressed her delight as schools across the Witham constituency are set to benefit from a share of the funds from the Government’s school rebuilding programme. Six schools are set to receiving millions of pounds of funding from the Government to rebuild or improve their school …

Standing up for schools

Published on 13th December 2023 Published in Local News

Witham MP Priti Patel this week raised concerns with the Education Secretary about local schools impacted by RAAC. During the Department for Education Parliamentary question session, Priti asked for assurances from the Secretary of State that contractors who are building the temporary accommodation for impacted schools deliver these needed replacement …

Priti with School Director of Operations Gemma Quantrill and Viv Trask-Hall, Head of Education and Innovation at Thrive.

Visit to award winning local specialist school

Published on 18th October 2023 Published in Local News

Witham MP Priti Patel recently visited Reach Essex, a specialist school based in Witham, to meet with staff and pupils following the school being recognised as a Thrive school of excellence for mental wellbeing This inspirational organisation supports vulnerable children and young people whose behaviour, anxieties or other factors impact …

Priti, Chris and Lee during their tour of the South East Galvanizer plant, which is on Crittall Road industrial estate in Witham.

Witham MP calls on Government to make apprenticeship levy more flexible

Published on 16th October 2023 Published in Local News

Priti Patel, the Member of Parliament for the Witham constituency, has called on the Government to ensure that the apprenticeship levy is more agile and flexible, and supporting businesses to employ apprentices.   During a visit to South East Galvanizers (part of the Wedge Group) based in her constituency, Priti …

Priti with children from Hatfield Peverel St Andrews Junior School

RAAC school update visits

Published on 12th October 2023 Published in Local News

This week Witham MP, Priti Patel, revisited three RAAC affected schools within the constituency after significant progress has been made in getting pupils back into schools with the support of Essex County Council.   Firstly, visiting Thurstable School on Tuesday 10th October with Education Minister Baroness Barran, Priti met with headteacher …

Priti with staff from SPS Dental and Chatten Free School

Witham MP thanks local company for donation to Chatten Free School

Published on 12th September 2023 Published in Local News

Priti Patel, the Member of Parliament for Witham, joined a special visit to Chatten Free School, the specialist school for children and young people in Witham who are severely affected by autism and learning difficulties, with staff from local dental equipment firm SPS Dental.  The team at SPS Dental have …

Honywood Headteacher James Saunders shows Priti and Cllr Andrew Sheldon (Deputy Cabinet Member for Education at Essex County Council) plans outlining the number of classrooms currently closed at the school

“Everything Possible” must be done by Government on RAAC, says Priti Patel MP

Published on 7th September 2023 Published in Local News

Witham MP Priti Patel has called on the Government to do “everything possible” to address the RAAC concerns affecting schools in the Witham constituency and in Essex. Speaking on Wednesday in the House of Commons at Prime Minister’s Question Time and during a debate on the safety of school buildings, …

Priti raises RAAC issues in House of Commons

Published on 4th September 2023 Published in Local News

Witham MP Priti Patel has questioned the Secretary of State for Education over the support available to schools and pupils affected by the presence of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). One primary school in the Witham constituency is not able to provide face-to-face teaching, two secondary schools are partially closed …

Statement on RAAC school closures

Published on 31st August 2023 Published in Local News

Parents will understandably be very concerned by the news today regarding certain local schools that will not be re-opening next week. This is due to structural surveys that found issues linked with the use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). I have been in contact with the Department for Education …

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