School Life

School Finance

Why is the school facing difficult financial circumstances?

  • The national education budget will not be increasing before the spending review in 2017. There are no guarantees it will increase after this date
  • Over the past 4 years school Sixth Form budgets have been reduced by 10%
  • Increases in pension contributions, national insurance contributions and staff salaries have not from central government, we have had to find the additional money from existing school funds
  • The combination of the factors above has led to a 12% reduction in real terms
  • Gloucestershire is one of the poorest funded authorities in the country. In other parts of the UK more money is spent per pupil than in Gloucestershire. The best 10 funded authorities in the country receive average grants of £6,300 per pupil this year, compared to an average of £4,200 in the lowest funded areas, including Gloucestershire 

How can you help?

  1. Be understanding. The school may now have to charge for some provision it previously could fund – ie transport for sporting fixtures may require a small fee
  2. Support the School Fund. For example, an annual contribution of £30 by every parent would help the school reach its target of £25,000.  This would help fund enhance and develop our provision and support the extra-curricular resources
  3. Support the PSA – Our Parent and Student Association run events and raise money to be spend on your daughters. Details about the work of the PSA can be found on the school website
  4. Campaign for change. Support the school by lobbying politicians to implement a national funding formula
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