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letter to parents re funding cuts March 2017

9th March 2017


Dear Parent/Carer,


School Funding Changes


You may have seen or read about the ongoing situation with school funding on the news recently so I am
writing to update you on how these issues impact upon our school.

  • The government are changing the way that money will be allocated per pupil (this is the new
    National Funding Formula). The NFF aims to spread funds more evenly regardless of geographical
    location. Whilst we agree that this is a fairer way to fund schools, what is clear is that the
    Government does not have enough money in the system for this to happen without many schools
    losing out.
  • The amount that Hollymount will receive per pupil is forecast to reduce (an average £210 in
    Merton). This means that in 2018/19, Hollymount will face a £100,000 reduction on its current
    budget of £1,500,000.
  • The school's costs are going up; National Insurance and pension contributions, utilities and
    services have all increased significantly. From April 2017, all schools will have to pay a 0.5%
    Apprenticeship levy.

As you can see, the school is facing significant financial challenges and I wanted to share this with you
so that you begin to understand why things will inevitably have to change as a result of this.

I will of course be working with governors to ensure we do whatever we can to limit the worst effects
of the cuts and Robert Hatley, Chair of Governors, and myself are due to meet with our local MP,
Stephen Hammond so that he is aware of the negative impact such cuts will have on our school. I
would also encourage you to get in touch with your local MP to ask them what they are doing to
protect schools in the area and also sign the petition which has been set up online at www.schoolcuts.org.uk.
You can also find more information at www.fairfundingforallschools.org, a parent-led website (leaflet
attached).

You could also support by responding to the DFE consultation (by 22 March 2017):
https://consult.education.gov.uk/funding-policy-unit/schools-national-fundingformula2/consultation/intro/

I am sorry if this letter makes for some difficult reading however I feel it is important to let you know
of the challenges we are facing at the school with regards to funding so you can better understand
what is happening. As ever, I am very grateful for the support parents give – in a myriad of ways – to
our school.


Yours sincerely,


Philippa Jackson
Headteacher