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School Funding in Tonbridge and Malling

Volume 624: debated on Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mr Deputy Speaker, you have called me to present my petition rather earlier than I feared when I saw my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) take his place for the previous debate, but I am delighted to be addressing the House. I must declare an interest as I sit on the board of the academy trust of Hillview School for Girls, one of many excellent local schools that will struggle with the new funding formula. I have received a petition, signed by 75 people on paper and a further few hundred electronically, to present to the House of Commons. It states:

The petition of residents of Tonbridge and Malling,

Declares that schools in Tonbridge and Malling will remain underfunded under both the current and proposed funding plans.

The petitioners therefore urge the House of Commons to note their objections to the funding formula for schools in Tonbridge and Malling.

And the petitioners remain, etc.