Three quarters of Norwich schools face shortfall under Tory cuts

Three quarters of Norwich schools face cuts in their funding under Tory budget plans for 2018/19 a new GMB study has revealed.

The study by GMB, the union for support staff in education, shows that of the 61 schools in Norwich, 45 (74%, or just under three quarters) will lose funding in the first year of transition, ranging from £2,000 to £71,000 per school. This does not take in to account other real term cuts due to rising costs, inflation and other cost pressures they are faced with.

The school in the area affected most would be Notre Dame High School, Norwich which would face cuts of £71,000 followed by Catton Grove Primary School facing a £35,000 cut. Next would be Norwich Primary Academy with cuts of £29,000, Mile Cross Primary School with cuts of £26,000 and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School with cuts of £24,000.

The table below shows all schools in Norwich that will face cuts in the first year of transition towards the new formula:

Proposed funding cuts
Notre Dame High School, Norwich -£71,000
Catton Grove Primary School -£35,000
Norwich Primary Academy -£29,000
Mile Cross Primary School -£26,000
St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School -£24,000
Heartsease Primary Academy -£24,000
Avenue Junior School -£23,000
St Michael’s VA Junior School -£23,000
Lakenham Primary School -£22,000
Bignold Primary School -£22,000
University Technical College Norfolk -£20,000
St William’s Primary School -£20,000
Eaton Primary School -£19,000
Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School, Thorpe -£19,000
Angel Road Junior School -£19,000
Recreation Road Infant School -£18,000
Costessey Junior School -£17,000
Falcon Junior School -£17,000
West Earlham Junior School -£16,000
Bluebell Primary School -£15,000
Firside Junior School -£15,000
White Woman Lane Junior School -£15,000
Mousehold Infant & Nursery School -£15,000
Tuckswood Academy -£14,000
George White Junior School -£14,000
Lionwood Junior School -£13,000
Edith Cavell Academy and Nursery -£13,000
Colman Junior School -£13,000
West Earlham Infant and Nursery School -£13,000
Magdalen Gates Primary School -£12,000
Dussindale Primary School -£11,000
Clover Hill VA Infant and Nursery School -£11,000
Kinsale Junior School -£11,000
Wensum Junior School -£10,000
Henderson Green Primary School -£10,000
Nelson Infant School -£10,000
The Open Academy -£9,000
Old Catton CofE VC Junior School -£9,000
The Free School Norwich -£9,000
Chapel Break Infant School -£9,000
Garrick Green Infant School -£9,000
Kinsale Infant School -£8,000
Heather Avenue Infant School -£7,000
Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School -£4,000
Valley Primary Academy -£2,000

Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said

“These unprecedented cuts to our education system will have far reaching consequences for ordinary working people and their families not to mention our GMB members’ jobs.

“It is well known that schools have already had significant cuts to their ever depleting budgets, and this is just one step too far.

“Make no mistake about it these new round of cuts will have a major impact on a child’s education if they are pushed through.

“School head teachers have already had to make large cuts to their budgets where they have already trimmed down the service to an all time low.

“Headteachers again have faced a reduction in education spending per head, bigger class sizes, less teachers, reduction in teaching assistances and support staff curriculum cuts, mass redundancies, and failing infrastructures.

“If this government wants to improve education, then all they have to do is invest in our current state schools.”

Source: Department for Education Dedicated schools Grant allocations under the proposed national Funding Formulae

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