Tories deliver funding blow to cash strapped school

April 16, 2010 11:53 AM
Julian Huppert

Julian Huppert

Parents at a Cambridge school have suffered a blow in their fight for more funding to save a teacher's job.

They have been told there is no more money for St Luke's School in French's Road, leaving a highly regarded teacher facing redundancy at the end of the summer term.

David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Learning told campaigners fighting to save the position: "I am afraid that the council is not in a position to provide additional funding to St Luke's.

"It is for schools to manage within the resources allocated to them."

Now parents are planning to present a petition to Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet meeting on April 27 calling for the school's funding to be reviewed.

Cambridge Liberal Democrats are supporting the parents' campaign and claim the funding formula is unfair.

Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge said: "Here we have a school which has been declared 'an outstanding school of the future' in a recent Ofsted report and yet we are in danger of losing one of its most highly regarded teachers. This is ludicrous.

"We are struggling to find primary school places in Cambridge but the county council is refusing to help this primary school which is taking more children than it can afford."

Councillor Harty said that the majority of the money for St Luke's Primary School comes through a funding formula developed in consultation with Cambridgeshire schools.

But Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Belinda Brooks-Gordon said there must be room for manoeuvre when St Luke's numbers fluctuate through the year because of its unique position as a "holding school" taking children from across the county.

"This fight is far from over," she said. "This school is being penalised for its success. It cannot start turning children away when it finds itself going over its annual roll call. This is ridiculous.

"The Tories cannot stand by and watch Cambridge lose good teachers. They must act now to help St Luke's."

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