REVEALED: THE LEWISHAM SCHOOLS STILL FACING CUTS DESPITE BORIS JOHNSON’S CLAIMS OF EDUCATION FUNDING


Lib Dem candidate for Lewisham West & Penge Alex Feakes has accused the Prime Minister of hypocrisy on education as new figures reveal how virtually half of the schools in Lewisham constituencies are facing real terms cuts or standstill funding in the coming year.

The funding for each school is revealed in figures from the House of Commons Library on the so-called “notional and provisional” funding for each school. They show that 33 of the schools in the three Lewisham constituencies are facing cuts with another eight seeing no change at all in real terms funding in the coming year compared to 2019/20.

This comes despite Boris Johnson’s claim to provide “additional funding now and for the future for every school” when he became Prime Minister in the summer.

The figures show that primary schools in the Lewisham East constituency face an average cut of 0.1% and secondary schools a cut of 1.2%. Primary schools in Lewisham Deptford face an average cut of 0.2% and secondary schools of 0.6%. All schools in Lewisham West and Penge, which crosses over into Bromley Borough, see on average a small increase of 0.5%.

Schools are already under severe pressure as the Conservative government has cut funding.

Nationally, the Lib Dems have committed to increasing funding by £10 billion a year, with their education funding policy being one of the five priorities outlined by Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson this week.

Lib Dem candidate for Lewisham West Penge Alex Feakes said: “As a teacher, I see first-hand how Tory cuts to education are affecting schools across Lewisham and beyond. It’s the most shortsighted policy to short change our schools instead of investing in education.

“Our country needs teachers and needs schools as the engine for our future development as a country. Every school needs real terms funding increases so we can give all our kids the best chance in life.

“If elected as MP, I will make sure we support our schools. The Lib Dem policy for £10bn a year more for schools and to recruit 20,000 more teachers will build a better future for Britain.”

Lewisham Lib Dems analysis from the House of Commons figures for each school is set out in the table below.

 

School

Phase

2019-20

2020-21

% change

 

Adamsrill Primary School

Primary

5,350

5,202

-2.8%

Addey and Stanhope School

Secondary

7,084

7,090

+0.1%

Alexandra Infant School

Primary

4,691

4,689

-0.0%

Alexandra Junior School 

Primary

4,256

4,271

+0.4%

All Saints' Church of England Primary School

Primary

4,731

4,722

-0.2%

Ashmead Primary School

Primary

5,014

5,078

+1.3%

Athelney Primary School

Primary

5,327

5,419

+1.7%

Balgowan Primary School

Primary

3,589

3,682

+2.6%

Baring Primary School

Primary

5,483

4,994

-8.9%

Beecroft Garden Primary

Primary

5,846

5,669

-3.0%

Bonus Pastor Catholic College

Secondary

7,062

7,015

-0.7%

Brindishe Green School

Primary

5,164

5,184

+0.4%

Brindishe Lee School

Primary

4,841

4,945

+2.2%

Brindishe Manor School

Primary

4,838

4,838

+0.0%

Childeric Primary School

Primary

5,593

5,403

-3.4%

Churchfields Primary School

Primary

4,267

4,270

+0.1%

Conisborough Colleg

Secondary

7,448

7,338

-1.5%

Cooper's Lane Primary School

Primary

4,874

4,865

-0.2%

Dalmain Primary School

Primary

5,248

4,913

-6.4%

Deptford Green School

Secondary

7,903

7,789

-1.4%

Deptford Park Primary School

Primary

5,404

5,422

+0.3%

Downderry Primary School

Primary

5,102

5,121

+0.4%

Edmund Waller Primary School

Primary

4,970

5,025

+1.1%

Elfrida Primary School

Primary

5,247

5,317

+1.3%

Eliot Bank Primary School

Primary

4,717

4,760

+0.9%

Fairlawn Primary School

Primary

4,580

4,572

-0.2%

Forest Hill School

Secondary

7,009

6,984

-0.4%

Forster Park Primary School

Primary

5,449

5,473

+0.5%

Good Shepherd RC School

Primary

5,200

5,258

+1.1%

Gordonbrock Primary School

Primary

4,801

4,796

-0.1%

Grinling Gibbons Primary School

Primary

5,494

5,624

+2.4%

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College

All-through

5,837

5,833

-0.1%

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Temple Grove Free School

Primary

4,685

4,626

-1.3%

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy

All-through

6,219

6,273

+0.9%

Harris Girls Academy Bromley

Secondary

5,755

5,858

+1.8%

Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace

Primary

4,793

4,787

-0.1%

Harris Primary Academy Kent House

Primary

4,974

4,985

+0.2%

Haseltine Primary School

Primary

5,333

5,422

+1.7%

Holbeach Primary School

Primary

5,294

5,303

+0.2%

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,226

5,211

-0.3%

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

Primary

5,595

5,625

+0.5%

Horniman Primary School

Primary

4,806

4,931

+2.6%

James Dixon Primary School

Primary

4,887

4,889

+0.0%

John Ball Primary School

Primary

4,614

4,653

+0.8%

John Stainer Community Primary School

Primary

5,115

4,977

-2.7%

Kelvin Grove Primary School

Primary

5,150

5,148

-0.0%

Kender Primary School

Primary

5,350

5,394

+0.8%

Kilmorie Primary School

Primary

4,756

4,803

+1.0%

Launcelot Primary School

Primary

5,158

5,290

+2.6%

Lucas Vale Primary School

Primary

5,204

5,294

+1.7%

Marvels Lane Primary School

Primary

5,448

5,551

+1.9%

Myatt Garden Primary School

Primary

4,901

5,025

+2.5%

Our Lady and St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,187

4,997

-3.7%

Perrymount Primary School 

Primary

5,759

5,835

+1.3%

Prendergast - Ladywell Fields College

All-through

7,174

7,141

-0.5%

Prendergast School

Secondary

6,355

6,358

+0.0%

Prendergast Vale School

All-through

6,590

6,695

+1.6%

Rangefield Primary School

Primary

5,215

5,288

+1.4%

Rathfern Primary School

Primary

5,098

5,188

+1.8%

Rushey Green Primary School

Primary

5,234

5,158

-1.5%

Sandhurst Primary School

Primary

5,063

4,932

-2.6%

Sedgehill School

Secondary

7,952

8,294

+4.3%

Sir Francis Drake Primary School

Primary

5,613

5,901

+5.1%

St Anthony's Roman Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,257

5,260

+0.1%

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School and Nursery

Primary

5,175

5,166

-0.2%

St Bartholomews's Church of England Primary School

Primary

4,816

4,803

-0.3%

St George's CofE Primary School

Primary

5,676

5,651

-0.4%

St James's Hatcham Church of England Primary School

Primary

5,625

5,549

-1.3%

St John Baptist Southend Church of England Primary School

Primary

5,103

5,091

-0.2%

St John's Church of England Primary School

 

Primary

4,565

4,952

+8.5%

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,215

5,250

+0.7%

St Margaret's Lee CofE Primary School

Primary

5,064

5,056

-0.2%

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,424

5,375

-0.9%

St Mary's Lewisham Church of England Primary School

Primary

5,885

5,891

+0.1%

St Matthew Academy

All-through

6,267

6,268

+0.0%

St Michael's Church of England Primary School

 

Primary

5,304

5,348

+0.8%

St Saviour's Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,328

5,343

+0.3%

St Stephen's Church of England Primary School 

Primary

5,165

5,173

+0.2%

St William of York Catholic Primary School

Primary

5,032

5,093

+1.2%

St Winifred's RC Primary School

Primary

4,808

4,785

-0.5%

Stewart Fleming Primary School

Primary

4,134

4,128

-0.1%

Stillness Infant School

Primary

4,957

4,969

+0.2%

Stillness Junior School

Primary

4,810

4,846

+0.8%

Sydenham School 

Secondary

6,527

6,525

-0.0%

Tidemill Academy

Primary

5,879

5,870

-0.2%

Torridon Primary School

Primary

5,044

5,045

+0.0%

Trinity School

All-through

6,870

6,851

-0.3%

Turnham Academy

Primary

5,532

5,560

+0.5%

           

 


NOTES

  • The Liberal Democract policy for more funding for schools and teacher is set out at: https://www.libdems.org.uk/plan
  • The House of Commons Library analysis is available at: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/social-policy/education/provisional-school-funding-2020-21-constituency-and-school-level-data. The National Funding Formula (NFF) figures calculate notional funding allocations for schools based on pupil numbers, and various pupil and school characteristics. These allocations are provisional because they will be updated to take into account more recent pupil number data. They are notional because the NFF is currently in a transition phase (known as the ‘soft’ format). This means the local authority retains some flexibility in deciding the final allocations that schools actually receive.

 

 


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