Every child deserves the best start in life. That means making sure there are enough school places for the children in the local community, and encouraging businesses to forge links with local schools to inspire young people and demonstrate the opportunities that are open to them. I am committed to improving educational facilities in our constituency and to ensuring they are never impeded by planning pressures from new housing developments in the area.

I am delighted that plans to build a new free school in Runnymede have now been approved by the Department for Education (DfE). Chertsey High School, as it shall be known, is set to open in September 2017 as a joint venture between the Bourne Education Trust and Salesian School Chertsey.

I have recently been in contact with the education funding agency to secure necessary support to ensure that the school continues to develop on schedule, and I remain more than willing to engage with DfE on behalf of this project.