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School funding row deepens as ministers dismiss headteacher protest as 'ad hoc'

School funding row deepens as ministers dismiss headteacher protest as ‘ad hoc’

Catharine Darnton, headmistress at Gillotts school in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, said the impact of funding shortages at her school has led to “increased class sizes, we have lost some subjects”. 

She added: “There is a problem with damp in the cellar but it is just too expensive for us to sort that out.”

Siobhan Lowe, headmistress of Tolworth Girls’ School, an “outstanding” rated academy in Surbiton, south London, described how she “cleaned the school, washed the toilets [and] served in the school canteen” due to funding cuts.

However, a former advisor to Prime Minister has accused the teachers of “whipping up a storm” and “scaring parents” about “cuts that don’t actually exist”.

Will Tanner, director of the think tank Onward and an ex-adviser to Theresa May, said: “In my experience there are lots of schools that manage to make do within the existing funding settlements, and there are lots of schools that are arguably over funded.

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