Nigel Evans welcomes news that record numbers of students are benefiting from good school places

Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley has welcomed the news that 183,351 more children in the North West are attending good and outstanding schools. This comes during the week that thousands of parents across the country receive news of their children’s secondary school places.

The welcome news means there are now a staggering 902, 747 pupils attending good and outstanding schools in the North West, compared with 719, 396 in 2010. Children across the Ribble Valley will now have an even greater opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will allow them to excel in adulthood.

Speaking about Ribble Valley schools, Nigel Evans said:

“The Ribble Valley is fortunate to have some of the best schools in the UK, I applaud the staff and governors in all of the areas schools for the immense efforts they put in to create such a terrific platform for young people to thrive.”

Across the UK, 735,000 additional school places have been created in the past 8 years, allowing greater choice for parents. Furthermore, 83% of pupils were offered a place at their first choice secondary school last year, and nine out of ten pupils now get one of their top three choices of schools.

 Continuing, Mr Evans said:

“This government has prioritised opportunities for our future generations, by investing in the school system to the tune of £5.8 billion to 2020, giving children the best possible prospects when they leave school. The recent figures show that almost 2 million more children are attending good or outstanding schools compared with 2010, but I want to see this increase even further.

I truly hope that every child in my constituency gets into the school they were hoping for this week.”

Schools funding is now at a record high. Over the next two years, it will rise from £41 billion a year to more than £43 billion a year, and the Government is investing a further £5.8 billion over the next two years to create even more good school places. This money is given to councils based on their own estimates of the number of places they will need.