Plans to introduce a national funding formula for schools have come under attack by the Liberal Democrats as a total of 103 Primary and Secondary schools are set to lose nearly £1million worth of funding across Gloucestershire.
Figures released for the county from a Department of Education spreadsheet reveal that a total reduction of £938K will hit over a hundred schools in the county. Decreases to individual schools vary between £1K and £78K of their total funding.
The areas of the county where school funding will significantly drop include the Cotswolds and some schools in Cheltenham.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children and Families on Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr. Joe Harris (Cirencester Park ) said:
“The Cotswolds already has one of the lowest-funded education authorities. This funding will see two-thirds of schools receiving a cut and only a third receiving a maximum increase of 0.3%. The 'f40 group' has for many years campaigned for fairer funding in education and to see changes in the way funds are allocated to schools. After years of lobbying, I’m at a loss to see how this particular formula where there are winners and losers can really be fair.
“It is bitterly disappointing to see tens of thousands of pounds being reduced from schools in the Cotswolds. The Cotswold School will see a £70K reduction in their funding whilst Cirencester Deer Park and Cirencester Kingshill school will also see a reduction of £57K and £56K respectively.
“These funding proposals are simply unfair and do not take into account the huge pressures facing all schools.
“It is utterly shameful that this Government has come up with a 'rob Peter to pay Paul' funding system for our schools. The f40 group has today said the formula needs revising, I strongly believe it needs more than revising, but a complete rethink.
"The Department for Education needs to go back to square one and formulate a national funding formula which is genuinely fair for every school across the country.”
The deadline for submissions to the Government’s consultation on stage 2 of the schools national funding formula closes on 22nd March 2017.
For a full breakdown of the figures for each school please see- http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/documents/g8511/Public%20reports%20pack%20Thursday%2012-Jan-2017%2014.00%20Gloucestershire%20Schools%20Forum.pdf?T=10