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School facing financial 'loss'

The head teacher at Brookmans Park Primary says the school will have insufficient funds this year and is facing a ‘small loss’. Peter Evans makes his prediction in the latest school newsletter, published on this site.

He says that although he doesn’t know what his allocation of funds will be for the next financial year, he does know it will be insufficient to do all he would like to do at the school.

Mr. Evans says more and more demands are being made on schools but the resources do not appear to be there to meet those demands.

“I know you have been told by the politicians that much money has been poured into education. All I can say is that not a lot has been poured into our pot! Less and less money can be spent on books and equipment as more and more is needed just to keep the school going,” he writes.

According to Mr. Evans, staff salaries take the largest slice of the budget, accounting for something like 80 to 85% of the total. On top of that there are so-called ear-marked funds which have a specific purpose and cannot be spent on anything else. Areas covered by these funds include such things as training and funding for statemented pupils etc.

Peter Evans says the school is not extravagant in its spending and he, the governors and school staff, keep a strict control over the budget.

Recently the school obtained a grant to have half the building re-roofed but then the money ran out.

“We have water coming into the classrooms when it rains - not so much as to necessitate closure, but would you want to work in a leaking building?” he asks.

“I know that Hertfordshire is a reasonably generous local authority and devolves most of its education funding direct to the schools. However until parents start pointing out to the politicians that they are not happy with the amount being spent on schools and, one has to say, primary schools in particular, then little will change. Unlike the NHS, no one dies if the facilities are not there, but children will not perhaps be able to live up to their full potential in later life,” he concludes.

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