Wandsworth Labour stands up for fair funding for local schools

Wandsworth Labour has stepped up its campaign against cuts to education which will see almost £16m taken from schools in the borough.

Labour councillors, volunteers and the MP for Tooting, Rosena Allin-Khan, are visiting school gates across the borough, listening to the concerns of local parents.

They are also be inviting parents to sign an online petition to Education Secretary, Justine Greening, MP for Putney.

simon and balloons school gate

Leader of Wandsworth Labour, Cllr Simon Hogg

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 Tooting MP, Rosena Allin-Khan: “These planned cuts come at the same time that costs are rising in our local schools. Headteachers are reporting that they are increasingly faced with difficult choices such as whether they can afford to have classrooms cleaned, or to retain support staff who are essential to school communities”.

She added: “Without adequate funding, the Government will be failing our schools and failing our children as they miss out on the excellent education they all deserve”.

Some of the Wandsworth Schools likely to worst hit include:

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

Belleville School, is set to lose £548,995 by 2010, equivalent to £664 per pupil or 14 teachers.

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

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

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

You can sign the petition 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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