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Ashfield MP Slams Government

28th February 2018
News, Ashfield

Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has slammed Government cuts to school funding for ‘damaging our children’s futures’ after new figures revealed the extent of schools’ falling incomes.

Real terms cuts to education funding are starting to have serious implications on schools across the region, with some Ashfield schools losing tens of thousands of pounds of income from the Government.

Figures released by the National Education Union - which are taken from official data - show that all but four schools in the constituency will have lost income between 2015/16 and 2019/20 because the amount of funding per pupil they receive will have fallen.

The hardest hit primary school is Springbank Primary in Eastwood, which will lose a total of £105,170 during this time.

It is followed by Huthwaite’s Brierley Forest Primary School, which will lose £98,363; Annesley Primary School, which will lose £82,762; Kingsway Primary School in Kirkby, which will lose £71,022 and Abbey Hill Primary School in Kirkby, which will lose £62,612.

The four schools which will see an increase in their income are Brookhill Leys Primary School in Eastwood (by £37,278), Woodland View Primary School in Huthwaite (by £20,554), Greenwood Primary in Kirkby (by £13,102) and Lawrence View Primary in Eastwood (by £15,690).

All of the constituency’s secondary schools will lose income from the Government between 2015/16 and 2019/20.

Ashfield School, by far the biggest school in the area with nearly 2,500 students, will lose a massive £492,475.

Sutton Community Academy is also a big financial loser, with income cut by £258,045; Kirkby College will lose £179,086; Selston High School will lose £172,689.

Quarrydale Academy in Sutton and Eastwood’s Hall Park Academy will lose under £20,000 each.

The data also shows that the effects of the cuts to school income already include reductions in teaching and support staff at some schools.

Gloria said: “I have had many conversations with local headteachers about the pressure their school’s budget is under and these figures show that things are only going to get worse under this Government.

“I know how hard our teachers and headteachers work but their job is being made increasingly difficult.

“The Government’s refusal to properly fund schools is damaging our children’s future and they need to do something about the problem now, before it is too late.”


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