Penrith protest at school funding cuts

Date: Monday 8th May 2017
Parents and children join the protest in Penrith. Picture: F. Cameron Wilson
Parents and children join the protest in Penrith. Picture: F. Cameron Wilson

DEMONSTRATORS packed out Penrith town centre for a major protest about school funding on Saturday.

The event was organised by local parents including Green Party election candidate Doug Lawson.

Invited to speak was Penrith-based Graham Frost, Cumbria branch secretary for the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT).

Passionate speeches were given by teachers, governors, parents, pupils and political parties, including Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who oppose the Government's education plans.

Nigel Pattinson, of Ullswater Community College, Penrith, said: "This is the first time in 39 years that I have felt it necessary to stand up in public and speak on behalf of the school that I serve. Don't talk to me about efficiency savings, I know all about efficiency savings. I have had to cut £1.1 million in eight years."

Full story and more pictures in Saturday's paper