Wandsworth schools to lose almost £16m as a result of cuts to education

Schools in Wandsworth are set to lose £15,612,273 by 2020, as a result of the Government’s so-called “Fairer Funding Formula” and other budget pressures, according to figures released by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The cuts are equivalent to the loss of 419 teachers or a cut of £603 per pupil in Wandsworth.

According to Labour’s Speaker on Education, Cllr Jeremy Ambache: “The proper funding of schools is a vital issue to get right as it affects the quality of teaching and the long-term future of our children. The government’s planned reductions in funding will mean larger class sizes here in Wandsworth for all schools which will inevitably erode the quality of our children’s education”.

He added: “The country can’t afford not to invest in education – it makes no economic sense to go backwards in the name of austerity and lose the gains made in London’s education over the past decades”.

The Government is currently consulting on the proposals and parents can have their say here. Cllr Ambache added: “we urge all parents and teachers to respond to the consultation by the deadline of March 22 and have their voices heard”.

The Wandsworth Schools likely to be worst hit include:

Belleville School, which will lose £548,995 by 2020, equivalent to £664 per pupil or 14 teachers.

Hillbrook School, which will lose £358,039 by 2020, equivalent to £690 per pupil or 8 teachers.

Ashcroft Technical Academy which will lose £868,189, equivalent to £834 per pupil or 21 teachers.

Chestnut Grove, which will lose £739,147, equivalent to £927 per pupil or 25 teachers.

Graveney School which will lose £1011,110, equivalent to £791 per pupil or 23 teachers.

Last night (March 8) Wandsworth Labour raised the issue of cuts to schools’ budgets in a debate at Wandsworth Council. The Motion put forward by Wandsworth Labour asked the Council Leader to protect the funding for Wandsworth Schools by lobbying the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, who is also the MP for Putney.

Jeremy Ambache said: “Wandsworth Council and local residents are in a strong position to lobby the Secretary of State for Education, as she is a Wandsworth MP. Putney schools alone are likely to lose £6m as a result of the proposed cuts”.

You can read the Motion proposed by Wandsworth Labour here.

For more information visit the website: www.schoolscuts.org.uk to find all the projected budget cuts for all local schools.

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