Fairer funding system to give boost to Thornbury schools

September 29 2017

SCHOOLS in South Gloucestershire are set to receive a cash boost next year after Education Secretary Justine Greening confirmed the adoption of a new national fairer funding formula.

SCHOOLS in South Gloucestershire are set to receive a cash boost next year after Education Secretary Justine Greening confirmed the adoption of a new national fairer funding formula.

The district has traditionally been one of the least funded local authorities for secondary and primary schools in England and is among 40 local authorities that joined a national campaign for the introduction of a fairer funding method.

The average increase in funding for South Gloucestershire schools, once the formula is fully implemented, is estimated to be around 4.3 per cent.

Under the new formula, in 2019-20 all secondary schools will attract at least £4,800 per pupil, while primary schools will get at least £3,500 per pupil. 

Slightly smaller amounts per pupil will be allocated in 2018-19 before the full amounts come into force the following year.

Among notable increases for Thornbury schools will be an eight per cent rise for Gillingstool Primary and 6.1 per cent for the Castle School.

 Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall said: “As someone who has been educated in South Gloucestershire state schools, I am delighted that the previous situation where we have missed out has now been righted.”

Toby Savage, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for schools, said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement of a proper fairer funding formula.