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Campaign backed

A FELPHAM headteacher has supported a school’s attempt to meet the government’s education boss to demand more money.

 

Mark Anstiss, of Felpham Community College, said he was fully behind the bid by his counterpart at Billingshurst Primary School, Helen Williamson.

 

Ms Williamson has written to Damian Hinds, the secretary of state for education, to try to persuade him to a meeting to further the cause of the WorthLess? campaign.

 

Mr Anstiss has played a leading role in the efforts around Bognor Regis to boost funding for schools into keeping with the national average.

 

He said: “Felpham Community College supports the WorthLess? campaign and has been involved in trying to secure better funding for our school.

 

“We are pleased that other schools are involved in initiatives which help this joint cause.”

 

As part of his involvement with WorthLess?, Mr Anstiss has taken part in a headteachers’ protest march in London.

 

Ms Williamson has decided to approach Mr Hinds directly try to persuade him to discuss the funding crisis in schools around West
Sussex.

 

“We are launching a campaign by sending Mr Hinds a letter each day from a child in the school,” a school spokesman said.

 

“Currently, he may expect to receive 610 letters a day until he agrees to meet.”

 

The letter states the children are worried their school lacks the money to help them learn.

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