Fareham schools issue plea to minister over new funding formula

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College
Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School and Henry Cort Community College
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  • School headteachers and governors issue plea to schools minister over proposed funding formula
  • Some Fareham schools to lose up to £96,000 a year in funding
  • Overall, constituency will be handed £952,000
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SCHOOLS have met a government minister to air their fears funding concerns revealed in a new formula.

Headteachers and school representatives from Portchester Community School and Henry Cort Community College in Fareham met Nick Gibb, the minister of state for schools.

The application of a one-size fits all formula is destined to fail

Andrew March, chair of governors at Henry Cort Community College

The meeting was organised by Fareham MP Suella Fernandes after the Department for Education’s new formula revealed 10 schools in the Fareham constituency are set to lose out – losing between £7,000 and £96,000 a year.

Under the new formula, which is out for consultation, Portchester Community School is the worst affected, losing £96,000 in funding.

Denise Fletcher-Lance, chair of governors at Portchester Community School said: ‘This was a great opportunity to air our concerns but for our school the picture isn’t wonderful.

‘There is so much in the press about the health and mental wellbeing of pupils and we have the support set up within school, with our pastoral support and school councillor.

‘These roles could be in danger of continuing with the proposed cuts in our overall budget.’

Previously money was given to local authorities, which distributed it, but now schools receive cash based on a formula, which takes into account the number of pupils, and the affluence of the area.

Andrew March, the chair of governors at Henry Cort said: ‘It cannot be the role of central government to try and second guess the individual needs of schools in Fareham or anywhere else for that matter. The application of a one-size-fits-all formula is destined to fail.’

Overall, the new formula will see schools in the Fareham constituency given £952,000 extra per year.

Miss Fernandes added: ‘The meeting was very productive.

‘Inevitably, some schools will lose and some will gain under the new formula, so the changes are controversial.

‘In the long-run, however, funding will be fairer and more consistent across the country.’