Kids take petition to Downing Street

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 25 May 2010

HUTTON school children took their campaign for greater education funding right to the top of Government.

HUTTON school children took their campaign for greater education funding right to the top of Government.

Four pupils from the village primary delivered an 800-signature petition for 'fairer funding' to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Supported by MP John Penrose, teachers and children are calling on education ministers to match North Somerset funding with Bristol, where schools receive £600 more per pupil per year.

Year 6 teacher Rachel Hanneth said: "The funding difference would make a big difference to a school like ours.

"We want more computers and educational trips which at the moment we just can't afford.

"It seems unfair other schools only 30 miles away receive so much more."

North Somerset is 135th out of 148 local education authorities for funding, receiving £3757 per pupil per year.

MP John Penrose said: "The Government needs to end the postcode lottery education funding formula that it has set up and provide a fair deal for all children, no matter where they live.

"There's been strong support for the campaign locally, so I was delighted that students from Hutton Primary School were able to come to 10 Downing Street to help hand in the petition. Children, parents and teachers in North Somerset want and deserve a fairer funding deal so it's time the Government acted.

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