Why we need your support
Primary schools in Trafford are amongst the most poorly funded in the country and the most poorly funded in Greater Manchester. Despite this we achieve incredibly well, contributing to the many reasons why Trafford is a popular place for families to live.
The government has made several changes to the way schools are funded. The local formula which determines the funding of individual schools has had to be rewritten. This was at the request of the former Secretary of State, Michael Gove. Under the new regulations there are a limited number of factors which can be used to determine the budgets of individual schools. As a result of these changes our school’s income has been reduced and is projected to reduce further.
Where Government has increased funding, it has been targeted at the most deprived pupils. These pupils are usually identified as those who claim free school meals or who have claimed in the past six years. St. Mary’s has very low free school meals so receives very little deprivation funding.
These changes have come at a time when central government has slashed local authority budgets. The result of these cuts is the Local Authority can no longer provide the services it once did for it’s schools; having to withdraw support or offer them to schools at an increased fee.
I am of course arguing for increased funding in all the appropriate forums. In the meantime, inflation continues to eat into an already reducing budget. A budget which is under strain from reduced Local Authority support.
This is why financial support from parents has never been more welcome. The school is no longer requesting help with capital projects but instead is requesting finances to support the direct resources required to support the curriculum and learning.
St. Mary’s school is a special place. We want to be able to continue to provide the very best for our pupils. I hope all parents will continue to support the PTA and thereby ensure all our children continue to benefit from such a great school.