Monday, 4 April 2011

Funding for Academies - Garstang High School's Position

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[Article submitted by C A Goss - parent]

The government has made it very clear that there should be NO financial advantage or disadvantage in becoming an Academy.

This is clearly at odds with the situation as our Govenors and Headteacher see it.

Their argument for becoming an academy is that we will loose £1000 per pupil in funding from the local authority, and only academy status will ensure sufficient funding to allow the school to maintain or improve its standards and resources.

The Governors rightly say that they are legally bound to do what is in the best interests of the school and its pupils, and the level of financing is critical to those interests.

But the government clearly says that the financial situation is not to be an issue in the decision to become an academy.

So the question is; will anything parents, teachers, the unions or the community say, have any effect against the overwhelming financial pressure on the school to become an academy?

C A Goss, parent 03/04/11

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