Well the last Ofsted report from Nov 2013 shows 1,377 students with capacity for 1,535. Surely an FOI wouldn’t be needed to find the student population for this school year. In 2011 Ofsted reported 1,477
There’s no fall in numbers there’s a massive and increasing funding reduction going on in education at the moment that is really serious. Whatever it’s like now it’s going to get a lot worse for all schools unless something changes.
I think the proposed Fair Funding Formula is about changing the nationwide allocation of school funding with some underfunded schools winning, and some traditionally well-funded schools losing - but losses capped at 3%.
Increase investment in all schools by protecting per-pupil funding in real terms for the life of this Parliament
Provide the additional funding needed to implement the National Funding Formula that increases funding for maintained schools and academies in comparatively poorly funded areas of England without cutting funding per pupil for schools in any other part of the country, so that no school loses out.
It’s easy to demand more money when you’re only focussing on a single issue - unlike the government, which has to balance an overall budget.
I’ve read all that. That’s the Govt hype. You can have this crap formula or that one. The reality is that in real terms virtually all schools are losing out. Funding reducing. Costs increasing. Problem is real and will get worse.
The core budget may be protected but pupil numbers have increased massively across the country over the past 10 years. The cash is being spread much more thinly and ‘addditional budgets’ have mostly disappeared.
As I said this is only partly about the funding formula but mostly about reducing income and increasing costs.
I suggest you submit an FOI request that asks what proportion of Lewisham schools are forecast to be in deficit during 2017/2018 and for the following 2 years. Noting that maintained schools have to submit a budget to Lewisham by the 1st May. So you may not get an answer before then.