Hartlepool headteacher’s plea for more funding

INVESTMENT PLEA: High Tunstall's Mark Tilling
INVESTMENT PLEA: High Tunstall's Mark Tilling

A HEADTEACHER teamed up with local authority education chiefs to put forward a case for funding to a Government minister.

Mark Tilling, Headteacher of High Tunstall College of Science, and Dean Jackson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Assistant Director (Education) met up with David Laws, Secretary of State for Schools at the House of Commons in London.

High Tunstall, which was built in the mid-1970s, is one of two secondary schools in Hartlepool not to receive major funding in recent years for refurbishment or re-build and Mr Tilling is hoping that the meeting - which was arranged by town MP Iain Wright - with Mr Laws will have a positive effect. Cash is available through the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) and High Tunstall is putting a case forward to try and secure some cash.

Just over a year ago high winds ripped part of the roof off a section of the school and it had to close temporarily while repairs were carried out.

Mr Tilling said: “We had a very good meeting with the Schools Minister.

“It gave us the opportunity to emphasise the need for investment at High Tunstall to improve the fabric of the school.

“Mr Laws listened attentively and with interest to the case that we put forward and we very much hope it will result in a positive outcome for the school.

“I would like to thank Iain Wright, the town’s MP for arranging the meeting. Iain has been very supportive, as have the local authority.”

The next round of PSBP funding is expected to be announced by the Government within the next month.

Mr Jackson added: “A major role of the council is to work closely with all schools to ensure the best possible education for children and young people in Hartlepool.

“A safe, modern school environment is key to effective learning in the classroom and we support High Tunstall wholeheartedly in its bid for additional funding.”

Recently, the Government’s Chief Inspector for Schools Sir Michael Willshaw, described High Tunstall College of Science as “improving quickly” with “good leadership and management”.