School cuts to hit Sandbach

Fairer Funding Meeting

Schools across South Cheshire are facing funding cuts – with Sandbach schools amongst the worst hit.

Local MP Fiona Bruce travelled to London with head teachers to urge ministers to rethink proposed funding changes.

The cuts, which are expected to be phased in next year, will see Sandbach School lose £142,000, while Sandbach High will see its budget cut by £138,000.

Schools in Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel and Alsager face combined cuts of £2,042,000.

Mrs Bruce arranged for the delegation of head teachers to speak directly to schools minister Nick Gibb MP about the impact of the proposals.

The Sandbach MP said: “The potential impact of these proposals putting schools in my constituency and the wider Cheshire East area at the bottom of the schools funding league table if they go ahead, required immediate challenge to Government to go back to the drawing board and rethink them.

“The meeting was a constructive start to making a case on behalf of pupils and schools here in the Congleton Constituency and wider Cheshire East area.”

Sandbach councillor Sam Corcoran said: “There is little that is fair about yet another cut masked as a restructuring of funding.

“Cheshire East schools are already some of the least well funded in Britain.”

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