11 JAN 2019

My debate on the Europa school, Culham

John Howell (Henley) (Con)

I am grateful for the Minister's attendance. He and I have talked about the Europa School at some length on a number of occasions, and he was, of course, responsible for the reply from the Department for Education to a petition that I presented in the Chamber not so long ago. My purpose this evening is first to highlight the importance and the unique history of the approach to languages that is demonstrated at the school, secondly to highlight the approach to providing the European baccalaureate as the final qualification for those leaving it, and thirdly to ask some questions and make some comments arising from the Department's response to my petition.

The background to all this is, of course, the situation in which we find ourselves as a country in the context of our relationship with the European Union. I am sure we all feel the need to end the current uncertainty as soon as possible, but that is felt nowhere more keenly than at this school, where the educational future of children is at stake.

The Europa School is one of the free schools created as a result of this Government's initiative. It is in Culham, in my constituency, but it serves a wide area, mostly in Oxfordshire and in the surrounding areas of neighbouring counties. Under the terms of the free school, parents have agreed to the provision of a certain type of education that I will describe in more detail shortly, but let me first say something about the school's importance and its unique history.

The initial meeting to discuss the establishment of a free school in Culham took place in 2011 with the then schools Minister, my noble Friend Lord Hill. The meeting was sponsored by me and attended by representatives of parents and educationalists who wished to speak in favour of the proposal. The aim was to meet three demands. First, residents of the county had given the clearest possible support for the new school; secondly, its founders wanted to bring a new form of education into the state school system; and thirdly, we all wished to build on a secure and well-established foundation of education in the European Schools curriculum, which leads eventually to the European baccalaureate.

At its core—this is the first of my major points—was a proposal to offer something that had not been offered before in the UK state system, and, indeed, had not previously been offered in the whole of the European School system. The proposers offered a complete, thoroughgoing commitment to full bilingual education from reception class onwards. Pupils would not simply learn the other language, but would learn through that language. They would learn the linguistic rhythm of that language. This was planned to be truly deep language learning, not just the acquisition of a second language overlaid on the first.

The Europa School was set up as a free school because that is what the parents wanted, which is a key component of the free school movement. The parents wanted that particular type of education to continue through the free school. It was a way of approaching subjects in languages. The pupils were taught subjects ​ through all those languages, so they could end up learning history in German or geography in Spanish, and so on. That is a valuable way of teaching. The parents wanted that system to continue in the school, and it is being continued.

During education questions, I asked the Minister whether he accepted that the school was proving popular with parents of all types, including those from the UK, and that it was a good model of language teaching to follow. He replied that he shared my admiration for the Europa School, and I want to build on that today. I understand that we are anticipating an Ofsted report. I believe that everyone expects the school to have done rather well out of it, and I hope that that expectation is fulfilled. However, this approach needs to be set in the context of Brexit, and the difficulties of negotiating a Brexit that does not see the school become a casualty.

The European School, Culham—not the Europa School—had for some time been destined for closure, as the resourcing for such a school at Culham could not be justified within the European Commission's budget for European Schools. A closure date of 2017 for the European School had already been announced. A plan was therefore advanced for the new free school to grow year by year as the European School diminished, and for the two schools to share the use of the Culham site on an agreed basis. An important aspect of this is that the free school was oversubscribed by some 30% at its opening in September 2012 and it has remained significantly oversubscribed at every subsequent admissions round since that date.

What promises and commitments has the school made? First, it sought to open multilingual education to all the residents of Oxfordshire. Secondly, it determined that the new school would have an important commitment to sciences and mathematics, particularly when the plans for the secondary school came into play. The school started with two stream languages, German and French, each joined with English, but it has recently added Spanish as a third stream language.

Critically, the freedom offered by the free schools programme to allow free schools to set their own curriculum has been essential. The founders of the Europa School adopted the European Schools' curriculum, modified by the mandatory elements of the English national curriculum. Thus, by the time of the all-important interview at the Department for Education, there was a distinctive offering to support the bid for pre-opening status. From the deep educational theory came the view that giving a child a second language from their earliest schooling was like giving them a second life—that is, an alternative cultural world in which they could immerse themselves. From the practical world came the view that multilingualism is in no way elitist: what the taxi drivers of many European cities achieve linguistically must be within the reach of schoolchildren, given the right environment and experiences.

Robert Courts (Witney) (Con)

My hon. Friend is making a fascinating speech extolling the virtues of the Europa School in his constituency. I have had correspondence from constituents expressing their admiration for the school and I would like to associate myself with those comments. Does he agree with me on two brief points? First, does not the success of the Europa School show the success of the free schools ​ programme? Secondly, does that success not also illustrate that, while Britain may be withdrawing from the political structures of the European Union, she remains an enthusiastic participant in the culture, friendships and co-operation of Europe?

John Howell

I agree with both my hon. Friend's points. The school's success shows the importance of the free school movement and our commitment to continuing our co-operation in Europe. I thank him for making those points.

I was particularly proud when the Europa School was specifically mentioned here in 2011 when the then Secretary of State for Education announced that the school was to open as a bilingual free school in 2012. That was not the first time that the residents of Oxfordshire had reason to be grateful for the support of the House in determining the educational provision available to their children. The quality of education at Culham through the European Schools programme had long been held in high regard. David Cameron had supported the unique educational offer provided at Culham, seeking to preserve and enhance it.

I should like to praise the system of education offered under the free schools programme. We must not forget that in this case the school was principally set up to deal with parents of mainland European origin in the area. However, the approach to teaching languages has proved immensely successful—so successful that we are now in a situation where British parents are keen for their children to enter the school and be taught in that way. I ask the Minister to acknowledge this and to confirm that he will do all he can to encourage the continuation of this form of education.

Moving on to the question of the European baccalaureate, the Europa School became an accredited European School in 2014. This means that the school has approval to continue offering the European baccalaureate and to teach the European curriculum. This accreditation was confirmed at a more recent inspection in 2018 by the European Commission. No money flows from Brussels to the school as a consequence of that status; it is simply a validation of the quality of teaching and assessment in the school.

What is so valuable about that accreditation and affiliation? The European baccalaureate uniquely obliges all candidates to take written and oral examinations in at least two languages. The examinations do not just test competence in the additional stream language; the students, as I have pointed out, actually study history and geography through those languages, and use the stream languages as the mode of learning and assessment. As a result, students have a linguistic competence in their stream language on leaving similar to the linguistic competence of university undergraduates. At the same time, all students must study mathematics and at least once science subject to an advanced level. That outcome is not delivered by the UK A-level system. This free school also requires a leaving qualification that properly recognises the numerous years of education that are involved in becoming bilingual and studying diverse school subjects in two languages.

As a responsible step in school governance, the principal and governing body of the school have explored whether the international baccalaureate could be adopted as an alternative qualification. However, there are significant ​ limitations: examination and study of subjects through two languages is not mandatory; support for the English and German stream combination is weak; the middle years syllabus differs in significant ways; and, most of all, there is a risk of losing expertise among the teaching staff.

The school wants to be able to continue offering the European curriculum and to offer the European baccalaureate as its qualification for school leavers, and I support it most strongly in that aim. In conversation, the Minister likened the situation to the owners of a copyright. In this case, the copyright is owned by the European Commission, not by the Department for Education. I understand from the Minister that the Department is happy for the school to continue teaching the European baccalaureate, but the problem lies in the attitude of the European Commission. In this situation, I would like to ask the Minister to ensure that the Department for Education can continue to be a friend to this free school, to negotiate strongly on its behalf, and to offer a no-holds-barred assessment of how the school can continue even if the UK is not a member of the EU. I urge the Minister to explore every avenue as a matter separate from Brexit. I hope that this excellent educational establishment may continue its development in the direction that the founders of the free school have planned.

Finally, let me turn to the Department's response to my petition. I was glad that the Government were successful in securing a provision in the withdrawal agreement that allows for Europa School's continued accreditation as a European school until the end of August 2021. Beyond the withdrawal agreement, accreditation to deliver the European baccalaureate is available only to schools located in an EU member state. Continuing to deliver the European baccalaureate beyond that depends on a decision by European Union member states and the European Commission, through the European Schools board of governors, to change the rules on accredited schools. What are the Government doing to help the school talk to the European Schools board to try to get an agreement to include the school within its ambit after 2021? The Minister said:

"At present that seems highly unlikely."—[Official Report, 20 December 2018; Vol. 651, c. 16P.]

This may be a lawyer's view, but I note the term "at present" in his statement, so I ask him to set out the full position and the likely changes he expects, so as to provide the school with the degree of certainty it requires.

As my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Robert Courts) pointed out, there is something special about free schools, particularly in what they can teach and the way that they can teach it. The Europa School illustrates that above all, which is why I have spent the last few minutes telling Members about it. It is a good example of how free schools work, how they can take the attitudes of parents and make them a reality, and how they can, in this case, through the European baccalaureate, continue to offer something of enormous benefit to children. I would like to see the extent to which we can provide support for the school at this time.

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Woodcote Parish Council 19 October 2018

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National Land Access Centre Aston Rowant 14 September 2018

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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust 12 September 2018

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Oxford airport 22 August 2018

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RAF Benson School 13 July 2018

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Home Educators 22 June 2018

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Thame Comversation in the street 26 May 2018

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Henley Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

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Whirchurch Conversation in the street 26 May 2018

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Beckley Primary School 25 May 2018

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Pyrton Fete 19 May 2018

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St Andrews Road Street Party Henley 19 May 2018

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Meeting constituent Weston on the Green 18 May 2018

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Meeting constituent from Nettlebed 18 May 2018

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Westminster Social Policy Forum 17 May 2018

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Design Skills Roundtable 16 May 2018

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Royal Garden Party Buckingham Palace 15 May 2018

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MP Cricket Academy launch of ground 13 May 2018

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Kingston Blount Street Fayre 12 May 2018

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'Converstion in the street' in Thame 12 May 2018

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Open meeting in Sonning Common 11 May 2018

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'Converstion in the street' in Henley 11 May 2018

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South Stoke May fair 7 May 2018

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Henley May fair 7 May 2018

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Chalgrove May fair 7 May 2018

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Eye and Dunsden Village Hall 5 May 2018

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Chinnor Rugby Club lunch 5 May 2018

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Surgery Benson 4 May 2018

Thame Fire Station 4 May 2018

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Meeting MIGGS group Goring 4 May 2018

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'Conversations in the street' in Thame 4 May 2018

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Meeting Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway with Iain Stewart MP 3 May 2018

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Organised meeting between small schools in the constituency and Minister 30 April 2018

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Thame Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

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Sonning Common Conversations in the street 28 April 2018

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Council of Europe 22-27 April

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Keynote speech RTA Reading 19 April 2018

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Marginalised Young People and Brexit 18 April 2018

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Surgery Thame 13 April 2018

Visit to Labrokes re Grand National charity offering 13 April 2018

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Meeting Crown Sydenham 13 April 2018

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Meeting with NFU, Beltchingdon 13 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Henley 12 April 2018

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BBC Oxford Townlands parking 12 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Henley 11 April 2018

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Constituent Dorchester on Thames 11 April 2018

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Thame Neighbourhood Plan 11 April 2018

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Coffee morning Tiddington 11 April 2018

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BBC South Today 11 April 2018

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BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 10 April 2018

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BBC Berkshire broadcast on Townlands parking 9 April 2018

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Air Ambulance visit 9 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Henley 9 April 2018

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BBC television broadcast on crime 9 April 2018

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Sue Ryder meeting 9 April 2018

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'Conversations in the street' Shipton on Cherwell, Thrupp, Kirtlington, Blethcingdon, Islip 7 April 2018

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Re-opening of Maharajah's well Stoke Row 7 April 2018

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Nettlebed Parish Council exhibition 7 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Islip 6 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Stanton St John 6 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Beckley 6 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Charlton on Otmoor 6 April 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Henley 31 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Kidmore Emd 31 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Chalgrove 31 March 2018

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'Comversation in the street' Thame 31 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Thame 30 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Watlington 30 March 2018

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Pyrton Daffodil tea 25 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Woodcote 24 March 2018

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Surgery Woodcote 24 March 2018

GWR Public Meeting Henley 23 March 2018

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Stonor Park Tourism Week 23 March 2018

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River & Rowing Museum Toursim Week 23 March 2018

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Steve McManus Townlands Hospital 23 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Tetsworth 17 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Thame 17 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Dorchester 17 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Whitchurch 17 March 2018

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Trinity School Henley 16 March 2018

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Cystic Fibrosis sufferer meeting 16 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Thame 15 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Little Milton 15 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Sonning Common 15 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Stoke Row 15 March 2018

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'Conversation in the street' Benson 15 March 2018

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Countryfile broadcast 10 March 2018

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Convesration in the street Kirtlington 10 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Weston on the Green 10 March 2018

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Fire Station Goring 10 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Goring 10 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Henley 10 March 2018

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Reaction Engines Culham 9 March 2018

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Henley College meeting 9 March 2018

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Surgery Highmoor 9 March 2018

Meeting with Matt Hancock 7 March 2018

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Chaired APPG for Fusion 6 March 2018

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Ban the Shock Collar event 6 March 2018

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Hosted delegation of Canadian MPs 5 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Henley 3 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Thame 3 March 2018

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Conversation in the street Benson 2 March 2018

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Benefit to Society 28 February 2018

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Cystic Fibrosis roundtable 28 February 2018

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Homes England meeting 27 February 2018

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Woodstock Neighbourhood Plan 2 exibition 24 February 2018

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Woodstock Convesration in the street 24 February 2018

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Thame Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

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Henley Conversation in the street 24 February 2018

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Tadcaster visit re Neighbourhood Planning 23 February 2018

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BBC Radio Oxford 19 February 2018

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Conversation in the street Henley 17 February 2018

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Conversation in the street Thame 17 February 2018

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Surgery Chinnor 16 February 2018

Oxfordshire Better Broadband meeting 16 February 2018

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Conversation in the street Henley 16 February 2018

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Meeting constituent Preston Crowmarsh 16 February 2018

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Nettlebed Post Office Meeting 15 February 2018

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Conversation in the street Henley 15 February 2018

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Meeting OMEGA 15 February 2018

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Conversations in the street Henley 14 February 2018

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Christmas Common roads meeting 14 February 2018

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Conversations in the street Wheatley 13 February 2018

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Wheatley Village Archive 13 February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Watlington' 13  February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Henley' 13 February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Henley 12 February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Thame' 11 February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Chinnor' 11 February 2018

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'Conversations in the street Henley' 11 February 2018

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Swyncombe Snowdrops 10 February 2018

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Thame 9 February 2018

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Dorchester on Thames 9 February 2018

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Bletchingdon 9 Februarey 2018

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Weston on the Green 9 February 2018

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BBC Berkshire 9 February 2018

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BBC South Today 7 February 2018

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Tokamak Energy Ltd 2 February 2018

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Earth Trust 2 February 2018

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Wheatley CofE Primary School 2 February 2018

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ITV Meridian 1 February 2018

The Last Word

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Battersea Cats and Dogs Home 31 January 2018

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Council of Europe 21-26 January 2018

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Surgery Henley 20 January 2018

Little Milton Neighbourhood Plan 19 January 2018

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Kenton theatre visit 19 January 2018

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Meeting on the 3rd Bridge, Highmoor 18 January 2018

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Stoke Row school 12 January 2018

Attended

Meeting with Ukrainian MP 11 January 2018

Attended

Meeting constituent Stanton St John 5 January 2018

Attended

Watlington Neighbourhood Plan meeting 5 January 2018

Attended

Cistic Fibrosis meeting Goring 5 January 2018

Attended

BBC Berkshire 4 January 2018

Broadcast

Visit to Henley Fire Station 3 January 2018

Attended

With Santa in Thame 16 December 2017

Attended

Constituent meeting Merton 15 December 2017

Attended

Jack and the Beanstalk Oxford 14 December 2017

Attended charity performance

Dying to Work 12 December 2017

Attended

Learning how to spin wool Henley 9 December 2017

Attended

Watlington Christmas Tree Festival 9 December 2017

Attended

With the Chinnor Silver Band Thame 9 December 2017

Attended

Muscular Dystrophy concert Henley 7 December 2017

Gave prizes

BBC Berkshire 4 December 2017

Broadcast

BBC South Today 4 December 2017

Filmed

Leukaemia CARE Henley 2 December 2017

Attended

Benson Village Christmas Fayre 2 December 2017

Attended

Watlignton Christmas Street Fair 2 December 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery Thame 2 December 2017

Visited

Wheatley Post Office 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Fire Station 1 December 2017

Attended

Wheatley Merry Bells surgery 1 December 2017

Attended

Cystic Fibrosis Event 29 November 2017

Attended

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 29 Noveber 2017

Attended

Leonard Cheshire Disability event 29 November 2017

Attended

Henley Music School Competition Shiplake 26 November 2017

Attended and spoke

Bix Art and Craft Show 25 November 2017

Attended

Something Wicked, Henley 24 November 2017

Attended

Henley Business School 24 November 2017

Attended

RT Television 22 November 2017

Broadcast

ITV Meridien 22 November 2017

Broadcast

Watlington Primary School discussion with students 20 November 2017

Attended

Watlington Primary School Road Safety 20 November 2017

Attended

Thame Artists and Makers Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Henley Market Place Fair 18 November 2017

Attended

Scamps, Benson 17 November 2017

Attended

Wheatley Park School 17 November 2017

Attended

Bletchingdon School 17 November 2017

Attended

Thame Remembrance 12 November 2017

Attended

Visit to Thame Charities Fair 4 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition Shiplake 4 November 2017

Visited

Discussion with constituents Henley 4 November 2017

Held

Visit to Ewelme School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Horspath School 3 November 2017

Visited

Visit to Abbeywood School Berinsfield 3 November 2017

Visited

Meeting Thames Valley Air Ambulance 31 October 2017

Held

Surgery Thame 27 October 2017

Meeting with Culham group 27 October 2017

Attended

Meeting with CCG 27 October 2017

Attended and chaired

Bread and Roses Refugees Event 21 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting re seat belts, Kirtlington 20 October 2017

Attended

Dr South's School Islip 20 October 2017

Attended

Langtree School Woodcote 20 October 2017

Attended

Rail Action Group Goring 19 October 2017

Attended

Chinese Delegation re ADR 19 October 2017

Attended and spoke

Childrens Heart Foundation 18 October 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 8- 13 October 2017

Attended

Councillor surgery 7 October 2017

Attended

Friends of the Earth Fayre Thame 7 October 2017

Attended

Thame St Mary's Fayre 7 Ocober 2017

Attended

Henley Literary Festival In conversation with Philippe Sands 6 October 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC lunch 6 October 2017

Attended

Radio Oxford 6 October 2017

Broadcast

U3A Goring 5 October 2017

Attended

ITV News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

BBC News broadcast 2 October 2017

Undertaken

Hidden Henley Exhibition 29 September 2017

Attended

Cuxham Parish Council 29 September 2017

Attended

Chiltern Edge School 29 September 2017

Attended

Bishopswood School 29 September 2017

Attended

Benson Parish Council 28 September 2017

Attended

McDonalds 28 September 2017

Attended

Mediation symposium 27 September 2017

Attended

Cuddesdon Parish Council 26 September 2017

Attended

Oxfordshire Mind 26 September 2017

Attended

Airbus Helicopters 25 September 2017

Attended

Dorchester Parish Council 25 September 2017

Attended

Watlington Hoard Event 23 September 2017

Attended

Crowmarsh Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition 23 September 2017

Attended

Surgery Woodcote 23 September 2017

Constituent Chalgrove 22 September 2017

Met

Charlton on Otmoor School 22 September 2017

Attended

Enviornment Agency 20 September 2017

Met

South Stoke School 20 September 2017

Attended

Thame Business Forum 19 September 2017

Attended

Thame Cricket Club 19 September 2017

Attended

Woodcote Parish Council 19 September 2017

Attended

3rd bridge meeting 18 September 2017

Attended

Henley Food Festival 16 September 2017

Attended

Oxon CCG Health Meeting 15 September 2017

Chaired

SELF meeting 14 September 2017

Attended

Thame Mayor's Civic Service 10 Septembr 2017

Attended

Vale House Sandford 10 September 2017

Attended

Henley Show 9 September 2017

Attended

Breast Cancer Wear it Pink 6 September 2017

Attended

Regatta for the Disabled 2 September 2017

Attended

Meeting Prison Officers 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting County Council 23 August 2017

Attended

Meeting Berinsfield Parish Council 22 August 2017

Attended

Thame Community Market Day 22 August 2017

Attended

Puiblic meeting South Stoke 21 August 2017

Attended and spoke

Meeting with Ewelme Residents 15 August 2017

Attended

Meeting with County Council 15 August 2017

Attended

Surgery Watlington 10 August 2017

Goring Neighbourhood Plan 8 August 2017

Attended

Constituent Goring 8 August 2017

Attended

Meeting GWR and Network Rail 8 August 2017

Attended

Benson Neghbourhood Plan Group 8 August 2017

Attended

Henley surgery 7 August 2017

Attended

Chinnor Parish Council 7 August 2017

Attended

Lighthouse Thame 26 July 2017

Attended

Gillotts School Henley 20 July 2017

Attended music concert

IFAW's Ivory event 18 July 2017

Attended

RIAT 15 July 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 14 July 2017

Warborough School 14 July 2017

Attended for discussion with students

Meeting with the Police 14 July 2017

Attended

APPG for Dentistry anhd Oral Health 13 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio 13 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

Cancer Research event, Parliament 12 July 2017

Attended

BBC TV 12 July 2017

Broadcast on Euratom

ITV Meridian 12 July 2017

Broadcast on 1st year of Mrs May

BBC Radio Berkshire 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Alzheimer's Awareness session 11 July 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford 11 July 2017

Broadcast on Chiltern Edge School

Thame Town Music Festival 8 July 2017

Attended

Islip Village Fete 8 July 2017

Attended

Henley Festival 7 July 2017

Attended

Culham Science Centre 7 July 2017

Visited

Culham Show 2017 1 July 2017

Attended

Meeting Oxfordshire Fire Chief 29 June 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 25 June - 27 June 2017

Attended

Ewelme Church Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Nettlebed Village Fete 24 June 2017

Attended

Tetsworth village fete 24 June 2017

Attended and supported Neighbourhood Plan

Meteor Choir Henley 24 June 2017

Attended and joined in

MP Sports Festival for Thame 23 June 2017

Attended and played

Met heads of Langtree and Gillotts 23 June 2017

Attended

Chaired meeting of Oxfordshire MPs and CCG 23 June 2017

Attended

ITV Meridian broadcast 21 June 2017

Broadcast on the Queen's Speech

NFU Parliamentary Reception 20 June 2017

Attended

BBC Radio Oxford Drive Time 12 June 2017

Broadcast future options of the Conservative Party

BBC Radio Oxord 12 June 2017

 Broadcast on position of Theresa May

Great Milton Village Fete 10 June 2017

Attended

ThameMayor's Dinner 29 April 2017

Attended

Council of Europe 23-27 April 2017

Attended

Thame Museum 10th anniversary 15 April 2017

Attended and spoke

Brakespear's new walks launch 12 April 2017

Attended

Eye and Dundsen meeting meeting 12 April 2017

Attended

Tiddington coffee morning 12 April 2017

Attended

Weston on the Green public meeting 11 April 2017

Attended

High Sheriff valedictory 10 April 2017

Attended

Meeting at Sydenham 7 April 2017

Attended

Meeting re broadband 7 April 2017

Attended

Henley Annual Town meeting 6 April 2017

Presented medals

Inside Out Checkendon 6 April 2017

Attended

Oxford Brookes TV debate 5 April 2017

Attended

Chinnor RFC 1 April 2017

Attended

Surgery Benson 31 March 2017

Riverside Counselling Henley 31 March 2017

Met

Visit to HMP Huntercombe 31 March 2017

Visited

MPs Health meeting with CCG 24 March 2017

Chaired and attended

Broadcast BBC Berkshire 23 March 2017

Broadcast on teror attack

Broadcast BBC Radio Oxford 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Broadcast Radio 4 22 March 2017

Broadcast on terror attack

Meeting constituent 17 March 2017

Met

Meeting Green Belt campaigners 17 March 2017

Met and supported

BBC Radio Oxford 17 March 2017

Broadcast on EU nationals

Session with Bishop of Oxford 16 March 2017

Attended

Henley street surgery 11 March 2017

Attended

Visit to constituents in Elsfield 10 March 2017

Attended

Visit to Police 10 March 20017

Attended

World's Biggest Pub Quiz, Sydenham 5 March 2017

Quiz master

Trade Envoy visit to Nigeria 27 February - 1 March 2017

Attended

Dinner Oratory Prep school 25 February 2017

Attended

Meeting with farmers 24 February 2017

Attended

Opened Wheatley Post Office 24 February 2017

Attended

Meeting of the CCG 24 February 2017

Attended

Benson Patients Panel 23 February 2017

Attended

Brexit discussion meeting Henley 17 Febryary 2017

Attended

Surgery Dorchester on Thames 17 February 2017

Meeting David Hill and John Cotton 15 February 2017

Met

Brexit discussion meeting Thame 13 February 2017

Attended

Meeting John Taylor 13 February 2017

Met

Meeting Leader District Council 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting police Henley 10 February 2017

Met

Meeting Hart Surgery Henley 10 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 9 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

South Today TV 8 February 2017

Broadcast on schools funding

Together for Short Lives 7 February 2017

Attended reception

Brexit Seminar 4 February 2017

Chaired session

Culham Fusion Centre 3 February 2017

Met

BBC Radio Oxford 3 February 2017

Broadcast on free military pensions

BBC Radio Oxford 2 February 2017

Broadcast on EU Bill

Watlington hoard 29 January 2017

Visited

Thame Kebab Van 28 January 2017

Supported

Council of Europe 22 January - 27 January 2017

Attended

Stonor Broadband 21 January 2017

Attended

Woodcote surgery 21 January 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Seminar 20 January 2017

Chaired

CPRE 20 January 2017

Met

Reed Smith Legal Fellowship 19 January 2017

Attended

That's Oxfordshire 13 January 2017

TV broadcast on mental health

Catapult, Harwell 13 January 2017

Visit

Oxfordshire County Council 7 January 2017

Meeting

Benson Housing Exhibition 6 January 2017

Visited

CABI 6 January 2017

Visit

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Society 19 December 2016

Met in House of Commons

Surgery Henley 17 December 2016

Attended

Shiplake Open Parish Meeting 16 December 2016

Attended and spoke

Thame Neighbourhood Plan meeting 16 December 2016

Attended

Henley Standard Christmas Party 15 December 2016