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Labour MP candidates challenge Conservatives to come out of hiding on school cuts

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The next generation of Labour MPs for Milton Keynes have challenged the current Conservative MPs to come out of hiding and defend their school cuts. Government Cuts to Schools across Milton Keynes, with the loss of 133 teachers and millions cut from the schools in the most deprived areas of the city and in the rural areas, have been condemned by Labour Parliamentary candidates. Both of Labour's candidates in the general election went to Milton Keynes Schools, unlike the Tory MPs who voted through the cuts. 

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Charlynne Pullen, who went to Tickford Park primary school then Ousedale school in Newport Pagnell has expressed deep concern that her old secondary school will lose £375 per pupil and 18 teachers.

She said, “There are 2000 pupils at Ousedale. The school will lose £375 per pupil. That is a loss of £750,000. I am saddened that a popular, high performing school is losing funding because the Government is failing to fund Education properly.” 

Charlynne is also deeply concerned that small schools in villages including Sherington, Stoke Goldington, North Crawley, Newton Blosomville and new city schools like Downs Barn and Stanton will also lose funding. She added, “Sherrington, is the worst affected school in Milton Keynes and will lose £2114 per pupil.”

She continued, “No wonder no one has seen sight nor sound of the Two Conservative MPs. They seemed to have disappeared. No doubt they are hiding from the hard questions on the cuts to our local schools.”  

Shameless MPs must come out of hiding.

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Cllr Hannah O’Neill, the Labour candidate for MK South went to St. Monica’s  Primary school then to St. Pauls. She is deeply concerned at the loss of teachers at Leon School on the Lakes estate (15 teachers) and the MK Academy (12) both in the poorest areas of the city. But also very concerned about a loss of teachers on the expanding west flank at Denbigh, Hazeley and  Shenley Brook End (30). The cuts are also hitting the 10 schools with the highest number of pupils getting free school meals.

Cllr O’Neill has challenged the Two Tory MPs for Milton Keynes to debate the cuts to school budgets locally. Cllr O’Neill said, “I challenge the two Conservative MPs for Milton Keynes to  come out of hiding and debate their cuts to our schools with an audience of parents and School Heads. Both Tory MPs voted for these cuts. They should stop hiding and debate them. I have a feeling they are too shameless to justify their cuts.”

 


 

Table 1: Schools worst affected by the cuts.

Worst affected schools (funding per pupil)

Change per pupil 2015/16 - 2019/20

Av number pupils with Free School Meals.

Sherington Church of England School

-£2,114

8%

Stoke Goldington Church of England School

-£1,418

4%

North Crawley CofE School

-£983

14%

Sir Herbert Leon Academy

-£913

59%

Newton Blossomville Church of England School

-£899

10%

Moorland Primary School

-£886

41%

The Willows School and Early Years Centre

-£853

42%

Downs Barn School

-£830

18%

Orchard Academy

-£811

52%

Queen Eleanor Primary School

-£795

57%

 

Table 2: Numbers of lost teachers for worst affected schools.

Worst affected schools (funding equivalent-teacher losses)

Teacher Change 2015/16 - 2019/20

 

Oakgrove School

-18

 

Ousedale School

-18

 

Sir Herbert Leon Academy

-15

 

Brooklands Farm Primary School

-14

 

The Radcliffe School

-13

 

Walton High

-13

 

The Milton Keynes Academy

-12

 

Denbigh School

-10

 

Shenley Brook End School

-10

 

The Hazeley Academy

-10

 

Total

-133

 

 Table 3: Percentage of Free School Meals and lot income per school

School

%

Free School Meals

Lost Money per school.

% Loss

Per school

Loss per pupil

Sir Herbert Leon Academy

59%

-£512,212

-14%

-£913

Water Hall Primary School

59%

-£224,136

-14%

-£718

Greenleys Junior School

59%

-£159,381

-15%

-£793

Queen Eleanor Primary School

57%

-£154,233

-14%

-£795

Langland Community School

57%

-£119,255

-8%

-£370

Stanton School

56%

-£105,331

-10%

-£439

Drayton Park School

55%

-£164,914

-11%

-£542

The Milton Keynes Academy

53%

-£442,479

-7%

-£394

Orchard Academy

52%

-£220,400

-16%

-£811

Southwood School

45%

-£117,888

-12%

-£561

 


Note: Education Trade Unions have launched a website which provides information about your local schools: https://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

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