School Cuts: Ipswich hit hardest as school funding cuts felt across Suffolk

Figures obtained by the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council have revealed that Ipswich will be hit the hardest as Suffolk schools face damaging real-term budget cuts.

The information has come to light after analysis of the website Schools Cuts, a tool which looks to help people understand where education cuts are likely to take place and the implications for the schools their children attend.

It shows that Ipswich will be hit disproportionately by the proposed funding formula, with all but four schools in the constituency suffering from real-term budget cuts. The town is facing average reductions of £180 per pupil, which, according to School Cuts, will amount to a staggering £2.7 million being cut from Ipswich schools – the equivalent of around 75 teachers. This figure rises to above £3 million when schools in North West Ipswich, part of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency, are added.

Chantry Academy and Ipswich Academy are facing the biggest cumulative budget losses for any school in Suffolk – over £300,000 each – whilst eight out of the top ten worst affected primary schools in the county are also based in Ipswich.

Every constituency in Suffolk is set to receive a real-term funding cut, with schools in Waveney and Bury St Edmunds losing £1.8 million and £1.2 million respectively.

Waveney is set to lose an average £138 per pupil, with nearly 80% of schools affected. Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy, St Margaret’s Primary Academy and Sir John Leman High School are just some of the schools who stand to have more than £100,000 cut from their budget – Ormiston Denes Academy will lose nearly £300,000 and is one of most badly affected schools in the county.

70% of schools in Bury St Edmunds are facing cuts, with the constituency facing average reductions of £87 per pupil. Abbots Green will suffer the biggest cumulative budget loss for any primary school in Suffolk – nearly £170,000 – whilst three out of the top seven worst affected high schools in the county are also based in Bury St Edmunds.

Further analysis for each constituency will be released shortly.

Labour’s Education spokesperson on Suffolk County Council is calling on the Conservative-led administration, as well as Suffolk’s MPs, to do more in demanding that schools in Ipswich and Suffolk are given an improved funding package.

Cllr Jack Abbott said that; “The Conservative government will say that they have increased funding for education, but this is not enough to cover a reduction in per pupil funding and inflationary pressures. The reality is, our education system here in Suffolk is already underfunded and is facing further real-term cuts.

“Suffolk, and in particular Ipswich, has been given an inadequate level of funding which will do long-term damage to the educational outcomes of our children. It is time that our MPs and the Tories running Suffolk County Council stood up to their government to demand proper funding for our schools. Suffolk desperately needs a better deal.”

According to the School Cuts website, Suffolk schools could be hit with a £7.8 million funding decrease by 2020, with 193 out of the county’s 276 schools facing cuts.

The School Cuts website can be found at www.schoolcuts.org.uk

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