Even a casual glance at the news will tell you that many schools across the country are facing a severe funding crisis this year.
Although the Government argue that school funding is at the highest level ever, they don’t tell you that this funding has to be distributed between more students across the nation and schools(as employers) are faced with additional costs such as increased pension and national insurance contributions as well as cost of living rises and the new apprenticeship levy.
Funding across the country is very uneven and there is a perception that London schools are well funded compared to others across the country.
The Department for Education is currently consulting on a new funding formula which they say is fairer. Again there is a perception that London schools will lose out on this new measure.
This is not the case, however, for Woodcote High School. Although many Central London schools have enjoyed higher funding, Outer London Schools have, in the main, been much less generously funded and Croydon is one of the lowest funded local education authorities in Greater London.
When the funding consultation was announced the figures showed Woodcote High School as the 48th worst funded secondary school in the country!
This was no surprise to us as we have had to make year-on-year cuts over the past few years as well as breaking into our reserves to maintain the high quality of education that parents expect.
The consultation paper suggests that Woodcote High School’s funds will need to increase by 10.6% to be in line with similar schools nationally.
Regrettably, any potential increases are a long way down the line. There is no certainty that the new funding system will be adopted and even if it is, the additional funds would be phased in slowly between 2019 and 2021.
In the meantime we are desperately short of funds and any source of income is very welcome. One really useful source of income is our school fund.
We ask parents to pay £40 for one student and £50 if you have more than one child in the school.
Have you paid your school fund contribution this year?
There are many ways to pay:
1. On Wisepay
2. Subscribing to the monthly fee of £3.50 by going to http://www.woodcote.croydon.sch.uk/269/school-fund-donations
3 Through MyDonate
If you haven’t yet paid, there is still time to do so.
We need every penny we can get in order to keep Woodcote High School as the fantastic school that it is.