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£700,000 budget cuts could mean reduced school week, says Langley Park School for Girls headteacher

PUBLISHED: 10:20 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 05 June 2017

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Dr Anne Hudson warned parents in a letter home they may also have to cut down the curriculum

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A headteacher from a school in Bromley has announced that due to budget cuts of around £700,000, they may have to shorten the school week.

In a newsletter sent home to parents, Dr Anne Hudson, headteacher of Langley Park School for Girls (LPGS) in Beckenham, said: “The impact on LPGS by 2019 will be a reduction in the overall budget of £694,312, which is the equivalent of £525 for every student in Key Stage Three and Four.

“We would always hope to minimise any negative impact on the students, and we are facing a very difficult situation.

“I do need to inform you that we will be asking you to contribute to the costs of items such as text books in ways we have not done in the past.

“It is likely that we will need to consider reducing our curriculum and possibly shortening the school week for some year groups.”

Dr Hudson also encouraged parents to visit www.schoolcuts.org.uk, a campaign website set up by the National Union of Teachers, and Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and write to Conservate candidate for Beckenham Bob Stewart, as well as the other election candidates.

A spokesperson from the National Union of Teachers, said: “Every parent, teacher and school staff member knows the debilitating effect a chronic lack of money has for the quality and type of education schools can give to children and young people.

“Without sufficient funds, many schools will be forced to increase class sizes, drop subjects from the curriculum, or cut staff numbers. Schools are cutting spending on children with special educational needs. Buildings are going unrepaired and begging letters to parents for money are all too common practice.”

Julie Ireland, Liberal Democrat candidate for Beckenham, said: “We have committed to protect school funding in real terms, from the early years right through to college.”

Greens candidate for Beckenham, Ruth Fabricant, added: “As a teacher and parent I most certainly promise to oppose cutting per pupil funding in Beckenham schools. Schools need sufficient funding, and we have radical plans for education.”

And Labour candidate for Beckenham, Marina Ahmad, has stated she promises to vote against school cuts.

Labour candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst, Sara Hyde, added: “Most schools in Bromley and Chislehurst face a 10-15 per cent cut. This will reduce numbers of staff, increase class sizes and have a hugely adverse impact on young learners. These cuts are entirely unnecessary. All children are entitled to a good education.”

Bob Stewart has received 16 emails from the campaign website but has not yet replied.

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