Unions claim many Harlow schools set to be hit hard by cuts

Education: Secondary / Mon 12th Mar 2018 at 10:04am

A WEBSITE backed by a number of unions is claiming that many Harlow schools will be very hard hit by cuts to their budgets.

It claims that 91% of schools face real-terms budget cuts compared with 2015/16.

The website was updated on Feb 2018.


We have asked a senior headteacher, who told us that the figures were accurate.

To save you some time, we have been into the website and found out how hard (according to the unions) each school and each pupil could be hit.

The figures below indicate how much they will lose per pupil.


Kingsmoor: £475

Latton Green: £360

Harlowbury £287
Longwood: £275
Jerounds: £271
Potter Street: £209

Holy Cross: £189
The Downs £183
Pear Tree Mead: £174
Fawbert and Barnard: £153
Little Parndon: £151
Cooks Spinney £150
Freshwaters £143
Hare Street: £141
Abbotsweld £138
St Albans £137
St James: £133
Tanys Dell £128
Milwards: £103

Churchgate: £54
William Martin £51
Water Lane £34
Henry Moore: £10
Church Langley £2


Stewards: £496
Passmores: £494
Burnt Mill £439

St Marks: £368

Mark Hall: £277

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6 Comments for Unions claim many Harlow schools set to be hit hard by cuts:

tony edwards
2018-03-12 10:29:44

In the past Robert Halfon has disputed these figures - saying that every school got a rise in it's base budget. What he neglected to say was that the rise does not take into account the increase in number of pupils or the increase in the cost of national insurance. So the amount a school has per pupil has in fact decreased. Robert Halfon did say that he would be willing to meet with schools who had particular difficulties or where there was evidence that the funding formulae had been wrongly applied. So I suggest that schools, parents and pupils take him up on his offer and lobby him. You can see the full effect of the budget reductions on https://schoolcuts.org.uk/#!/schools

2018-03-12 12:40:58

It's not a claim, it's a fact.

m ingall
2018-03-12 17:14:16

Before the last election Cllr Mike Hardware, the Conservative candidate for Staple Tye ward in the local elections this May, argued with me on twitter saying that there would be no cuts to school budgets. Was he wrong! (He should know better he's a Governor of Passmores) Or was he being economical with the truth? You decide, but for what it's worth my opinion is that you can't trust the Tories with your child's education.

2018-03-12 20:59:01

Going after the poor, the disabled and now the children. Are there any depths to which this government won't sink?

2018-03-17 14:59:43

Cllr Ingall is being a little economic with the truth - I challenged him before the last election because he was quoting inaccurate and grossly exaggerated figures, which turned out to be the case, misleading and alarming many local residents. Now, apparently, we again being asked to believe the updated figures being quoted by this far from independent website.

m ingall
2018-03-17 18:43:51

MEHardware is a governor at Passmores, if he is so certain the total per pupil funding is not being cut, perhaps he can explain why class sizes are rising, support for pupils with special needs is being cut and there is a squeeze across the board in spending on resources across the school. The Tories try to hide the truth by saying that core funding has gone up, choosing to ignore the effects on school budgets of inflation, pay rises for staff (even though these have been pegged to below inflation) and the swinging cuts the Tories are making to non-core funding. I challenge MEHardware to publish the full balance sheet for Passmores, he will have access to it, showing the TOTAL changes in revenue and spending. What a tragedy that a governor of a Harlow school spend his time and effort in trying to hoodwink the public rather than support the children in school. Shame on you Mr Hardware.

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