At Fielding, we are lucky to have a supportive and interested community who care about education. Together, we all want to give our pupils and your children the best we can.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in different ways. Now, our school faces financial pressure like never before:
- £300,000 cash reserves used to pay wages, when the school closed to most pupils. Our planned multi-sport playing pitch cancelled.
- less money from our self-generated income, including childcare and school meals, because we were closed to most pupils.
Every year, Fielding receives a low level of government funding compared to other schools:
- lowest 2% of schools for government funding because our pupils have less social deprivation than others.
- highest 1% of all schools for self-generated income.
Meanwhile, staff costs are rising because more and more of our team stay working for us and reach the top of their pay scale.
Looking ahead, there is not enough money from our self-generated income to top-up our level of government funding.
The school is going to struggle to keep up the quality and consistency of what we offer all pupils.
Tough decisions and choices
This year, to balance our school budget, we have cut spending and changed where and how our staff work to cut costs:
- £178,000 spending cut
- moved teaching assistants from working with classes and matched them to work with pupils who have special educational needs and receive extra funding
- halved release time for teacher leaders from class.
We still also need PTFA fund-raising to pay for our extra opportunities, like gardening and Forest School.
So far, we have kept everything we offer our pupils and saved jobs.
Next year and then the year after, our budget plans show that we will spend more money than we have coming into school, if things stay the same.
- £221,633 overspend April 2022 – March 2023,
- £376,777 overspend April 2023 – March 2024.
We need to find ways to have more money coming into school and/or reduce the amount we spend.
We want to avoid cuts, if we can. We want to keep up the quality and consistency of what we offer all pupils. The next cut in spending could result in:
- no specialist teachers for PE, sport, music or French, including:
- lower quality and/or inconsistent curriculum teaching every week for every pupil,
- no sports competitions or squads,
- fewer after-school clubs,
- no French residential trip,
- no music performances;
- no extra catch-up support for pupils from our Higher Level Teaching Assistants;
- no mental health first-aid or emotional well-being support for pupils from our Learning Mentor.
The Governing Board is:
- increasing class sizes from 30 to 32 pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Government funding could increase by up to £114,848 each year.
- asking families to make a voluntary donation of £10, £15 or £20 for each pupil every month.
- looking for ways to increase our self-generated income.
School staff and representatives of the largest union in school have been consulted. None of us want to make these changes. All of us want to keep offering our pupils the same consistent, high quality education.
Help us now
Please make a regular, monthly, voluntary donation of £10, £15 or £20 for each pupil at school (or any other amount that your family can afford).
Start a standing order with your bank as soon as you can.
Account details: Please check your email message or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Day of month: any to suit you
Frequency: every month
Reference: family name (or 'anon'), if you wish
If families of 2 out of 3 pupils make a voluntary donation of £15 each month, our school income could increase by up to £91,200 each year.
Any donation is voluntary. There is no obligation or expectation on any family to make a donation. All pupils will be treated in the same way at school, irrespective of whether or not their family has made a donation.
Together, we can keep everything that makes our school excellent.