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Deanes "had lost out on £900k funding"
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
THE under-threat Deanes School has lost out on almost £900,000 in funding since the consultation began, it has been claimed.
Since Essex County Council announced its plans to shut the school, in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, in May, a total of 56 pupils have either left or transferred to another school – 17 from Year 7, eight from Year 8, 19 from Year 9 and 12 from Year 10.
The school claims, based on an estimated £4,500 in funding received per pupil per school year, that the process has cost them a whopping £891,000 as worried parents relocate their youngsters elsewhere.
The cash received is how much a school needs per pupil to employ staff and provide the school with resources such as equipment, books and supplies.
The figures have been submitted by the school as part of its formal representations to Essex County Council to keep it open.
Despite the apparent shortfall, the school has still managed to submit a budget plan as part of its case showing the school to be financially in the black for the next five years.
The budget is based on the school attracting around 600 pupils a year – the minimum number of students County Hall said the school would need to attract to survive.
Desi McKeown, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “All along, councillor Ray Gooding has insisted that if the school proves its viability he would allow us to remain open and will release the funding for the rebuild with Glenwood School.
“We feel we have proved this.
Despite the uncertainty caused by the consultation, the pupils we have lost and the impact that has had financially, we have still managed to prove that we are financially viable for the next five years while still providing a well-rounded curriculum. We are now calling on councillor Gooding to honour his commitment and allow us to remain open and continue with the rebuild.”
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