School Funding

Posted on March 14, 2017 in Notices

You may have seen a number of stories in the press around school funding. There have been worrying headlines and we felt it important that we let you know, as far as we are able at this stage, how this will affect our school.

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Dear parent or guardian,

School Funding

You may have seen a number of stories in the press around school funding. There have been worrying headlines and we felt it important that we let you know, as far as we are able at this stage, how this will affect our school.

School budgets across the country have been under pressure for some time. The senior leadership team and Governors of Crowlees have been grappling with the funding challenges, ensuring minimum impact on the quality of education that we provide for your child.

Our school is not alone. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has shown that more than half of school leaders felt that their budget would be untenable by 2018/19. The National Audit Office estimate a £3 billion real term cut across all phases and in all schools. This doesn’t just affect us.

The recent headlines have been caused by a proposed new funding formula for schools, designed to create a fairer allocation. However, with increasing costs placed onto all schools the new formula will not bring the benefits that we had hoped to see. The School Cuts website, analysing DfE data, projects that schools in our local authority will lose £30,000,000 in total by 2019, which is -£506 per pupil and a loss of 805 teachers.

We will work hard to ensure that cuts have the least impact on teaching possible. However, rising costs and a frozen budget mean that tough decisions will have to be taken. We cannot guarantee that such cuts will not impact on teaching, despite doing our upmost to prevent this.

Please be assured that we will take the utmost care with budgets, to ensure all the money we have is spent effectively on your children. We are also letting the local authority and government know just how serious the funding crisis has become.

You can help us by: supporting our PFA fundraising events; suggesting any fundraising ideas and helping to organise them; paying the suggested contribution for visits and activities. You could also contact our local MP who is Paula Sherriff (paula.sherriff.mp@parliament.uk) to express your concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs K Woods – Head Teacher

Rev Helen Butler – Chair of Governors