WE have decided to reproduce an article on possible education cuts in Thurrock that we published in November.
As the spectre of cuts is being highlighted again, we feel this is a timely reminder of how the cuts will affect each Thurrock school.
DISADVANTAGED children in Thurrock are likely to be hit hardest by Government changes to school funding, according to a new School Cuts interactive website from the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The NUT and the ATL are calling on the Government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into the system and protect schools from rising costs.
According to the website, Thurrock schools may face cuts over £8.8 million worth of cuts in the next four years with around 238 teachers being made redundant.
Thameside Primary may face losing ten teachers with cuts just over £400,000.
2016 budget: £2,512,000
Estimated 2020 budget in real terms: £2,107,257
Change in annual budget by 2020: -£404,743
William Edwards may face losing seven teachers as it faces up to cuts in the region of £283,993.
2016 budget: £5,908,000
Estimated 2020 budget in real terms: £5,622,005
Change in annual budget by 2020: -£285,995
An industry expert told YT “Because of the high needs funding that some schools have historically received and due to the number of students with additional needs, many have been cushioned by the minimum funding guarantee that the govt is removing in 2020.
“I would say (and really hope this is true) that it is overly pessimistic but even if it is showing double the final amount of cuts (which I doubt it is that wrong) it is potentially disastrous”.
According to the website, Thurrock schools could face the following cuts.
Gateway Academy: £674,188
Hathaway Academy: 280,495
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred: £259,350
St Clere’s: £251,887
Gable Hall: £198,833
Grays Convent: £56,113
Tudor Court: £328,360
Belmont Castle: £252,340
St Thomas Canterbury: £224,459
Shaw Primary: £197,437
Quarry Hill: £188,021
Gateway Primary Free: £179,982
West Thurrock : £177.712
Chadwell St Mary: £166,560
Little Thurrock: 160,130
St Mary’s: £157,369
Tilbury Pioneer: £153,890
Corringham Primary: £149,
Holy Cross: £123,246
St Joseph’s: £122,679
Graham James: £117,244
Abbots Hall: £91,620
Somers Heath: £84,848
Harris Primary Academy Mayflower: £84,787
Arthur Bugler: £84,307