National Funding Formula Consultation
My headteacher’s blog usually focuses on inspiring our students or asking them to reflect on their aspirations, confidence and resilience. However, I would like to use this blog to raise awareness of significant proposed cuts to the National Funding Formula for many schools in Gloucestershire and across the country.
There have been many reports in the local and national press about cuts to school funding. Today parents have been sent a joint letter from St.Mary’s Primary and Sir William Romney’s School informing them of the financial challenges ahead if the proposed funding formula goes ahead. A copy of this letter can be found by clicking the link below.
While the letter provides more detail, parents and the local community should be aware that Sir William Romney’s School faces a 1.5% reduction in school funding from 2018/19 (amounting to £33,000). Furthermore, all schools’ receive an Education Services Grant that pays for core school services. Sir William Romney’s will be losing an additional £23,000 in 2017/18 and £9,000 in 2018/19.
As you can see, like many other schools, we are facing significant financial challenges ahead. The government consultation on the National Funding Formula closes on 22nd March. I would kindly ask all parents and members of the community to communicate their concerns to their local MPs or the Secretary of State for Education. Contact email addresses for our local MPs can be found on the letter below.
I would like to thank you in advance for your support by responding to this consultation. I suspect that this may be the only opportunity to ensure that all schools are fairly funded for many years ahead, I cannot underestimate the importance of acting now!
Please feel free to contact me if you would like further details about how the National Funding Formula may affect Sir William Romney’s School.
170301 National Funding Formula Letter
PS:Since writing the above blog, I am pleased to inform parents that headteachers from the South Cotswolds area have met with our local MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to discuss the proposed changes to the national funding formula. There was unanimity throughout the meeting that the proposed cuts to funding will negatively impact upon all four schools. All four headteachers appreciated Geoffrey Clifton Brown’s commitment to fairer funding and his continued support of all schools in the local area.
L-R Jon Bell (Sir William Romney’s School), Christine Oates (Cirencester Kingshill), Matthew Evans (Farmor’s School), Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Chiquita Henson (Cirencester Deer Park)