Revealed: The 32 York schools facing cuts – and by how much

‘The school funding crisis is real…’ Photograph: kstuttard on Pixabay
7 Feb 2018 @ 7.24 pm
| Education, News

New research has revealed that 32 of York’s schools face cuts – meaning fewer teachers for more students.

The Schools Cuts alliance of education unions has released figures showing a fall of 15,000 secondary school staff across England at a time of rising pupil numbers.

And they say some of the largest staffing cuts are in the areas with the lowest average funding per pupil – including York.

The alliance’s analysis of the core school budgets makes plain how many city schools are going to be hit.

Staff reductions

Across England there has been an average loss of 5.5 staff members in each school since 2015 – 2.4 fewer classroom teachers, 1.6 fewer teaching assistants and 1.5 fewer support staff.

Mary Bousted, the joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Our analysis of the Government’s figures now confirms what teachers and head teachers have been saying for the last two years: the cuts to education are damaging for children’s education.

“Schools are cutting back on teacher numbers and the pupil-to-teacher ratio is worsening.”

The general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, Paul Whiteman, said school budgets were “at breaking point”.

“The school funding crisis is real. Funding increases need to be in real terms, not in cash terms.”

Councillor Suzie Mercer, City of York Council executive member for education, children and young people, said: “York’s schools are recognised as some of the best in the country, with children getting a very good education and start in life.

“Our schools do a great job, consistently performing well above national averages, despite having less funding than other areas.”

Which schools are hit?

Badly hit… Huntington School. Photograph: YorkMix

So which York schools have been hit, according to the Alliance’s calculations?

The tables below show the cuts per school – and per pupil – between 2015 and 2020. They are based on the figures on the School Cuts website here.

The biggest single cut fell on Huntington School, which loses out by £115,300.

And the worst hit school by student impact is Rufforth Primary, which loses £576 per pupil, followed by Tang Hall Primary, losing £559 per pupil.

York Primary schools hit
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SchoolTotal loss by 2020Per pupil lossOutcome
Badger Hill Primary£16.2K£84More pupils per teacher
Bishopthorpe Primary£4.9K£29More pupils per teacher
Burton Green Primary£50.4K£315More pupils per teacher
Carr Infant School£36.2K£145Class sizes have gone up
Carr Junior School£39.3K£140More pupils per teacher
Clifton Green Primary£63.5K£165Class sizes have gone up
Elvington CofE Primary£10K£67Class sizes have gone up
Fishergate Primary£51.3K£179More pupils per teacher
Haxby Road Primary£80.3K£444More pupils per teacher
Heworth CofE Primary£1.5K£10More pupils per teacher
Hob Moor Community Primary£9.3K£33Class sizes have gone up
Knavesmire Primary£75.1K£181Large class sizes
Naburn CofE Primary£23.9K£295Class sizes have gone up
New Earswick Primary£17.4K£96Class sizes have gone up
Osbaldwick Primary£30.7K£102Class sizes have gone up
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary£18.3K£47Large class sizes
Park Grove Primary£29.6K£110Class sizes have gone up
Rufforth Primary£53.6K£576Class sizes have gone up
Scarcroft Primary£11.1K£32More pupils per teacher
St Barnabas CofE Primary£25.2K£166Class sizes have gone up
St George's RC Primary£38.1K£223Underfunded school
St Lawrence's CofE Primary£5.2K£27More pupils per teacher
St Mary's CofE Primary£20K£168Class sizes have gone up
Stockton-on-the-Forest Primary£25.2K£274Class sizes have gone up
Tang Hall Primary£106.8K£559Class sizes have gone up
Westfield Primary£86.6K£165More pupils per teacher
Woodthorpe Primary£1.3K£3Class sizes have gone up

York Secondary schools hit

SchoolTotal loss by 2020Per pupil lossOutcome
Archbishop Holgate's£107.5K£96Class sizes have gone up
Huntington School£115.3K£98Class sizes have gone up
Manor CofE Academy£63.6K£62Class sizes have gone up
Millthorpe£29.2K£29Large class sizes
York High School£54.7K£74Class sizes have gone up

Below are the schools which have not lost money. But the Schools Cuts alliance says even these have recorded larger class sizes or a worsened teacher-pupil ratio.

The York primary schools not expected to lose money

  • Acomb Primary
  • Archbishop of York’s Junior School, Bishopthorpe
  • Clifton With Rawcliffe Primary School
  • Copmanthorpe Primary
  • Dringhouses Primary
  • Dunnington CofE Primary
  • Headlands Primary
  • Hempland Primary
  • Huntington Primary
  • Lakeside Primary
  • Lord Deramore’s Primary
  • Poppleton Ousebank Primary
  • Poppleton Road Primary
  • Ralph Butterfield Primary
  • Robert Wilkinson Primary
  • Skelton Primary
  • St Aelred’s RC Primary
  • St Oswald’s CoE Primary
  • St Paul’s CoE Primary
  • St Wilfrid’s RC Primary
  • Wheldrake with Thorganby CofE Primary
  • Wigginton Primary
  • Yearsley Grove Primary

The York secondary schools not expected to lose money

  • All Saints RC
  • Fulford
  • Joseph Rowntree
  • Vale of York Academy