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Saturday 16th February 2013 | 15:12
Lib Dem press release
Maria Hutchings says Eastleigh’s schools aren’t good enough for her children, but Ofsted disagrees – House
Liberal Democrat Eastleigh Borough Council Leader, Keith House says the Conservative candidate for Eastleigh has proved how out of touch she is with local people in Eastleigh, by claiming state schools aren’t up to scratch in Eastleigh.
Commenting, Keith House said:
“Although it’s down to every parent to choose the right school for their child, it’s simply not true to say that the education in Eastleigh is not good enough for our children.
“Ofsted have rated several local schools ‘excellent’, they were good enough for Liberal Democrat Candidate, Mike Thornton’s daughter to study medicine at Imperial College London, and they are good enough for the majority of Eastleigh parents who are proud to have such excellent schools to choose from.
“Maria’s claim that it’s ‘impossible’ to get a good state education in Eastleigh is an insult to the teachers who work hard to give our children the best start, and to the parents who are glad to have such good schools that are part of the local community.”
“Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have put an extra £1.7m into Eastleigh’s schools through the Pupil Premium to help whole classes move forward faster together, and allocated £100,000 for catch-up classes for year 7 pupils in Eastleigh’s state secondary schools.”