Schools face cash crisis, head warns parents

The BBC is reporting that a London head teacher has written to parents warning them of a looming “financial crisis” in secondary schools in England…

John Kerr, the head of Enfield Grammar, an academy school, says the budget plans of major political parties will not be enough to cover rising costs.

Mr Kerr said difficult decisions would have to be made as a result.

He said his school was considering cuts to some subjects but warned this “would narrow the curriculum”.

“The only way we can make this order of savings is to get rid of people’s jobs, or to increase class sizes, which is very difficult to do because rooms are a finite size, and you can’t squeeze more students in to a classroom that we’ve got at the moment, quite frankly.”

Mr Kerr told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme the school had already considered cuts to what he termed “the minor subjects like music, art” – but he warned “that would really narrow the curriculum severely for our students”.

He has urged parents to challenge general election candidates about what he called “deep and damaging” cuts…


Many would agree with these sentiments from John Kerr yet few are talking about the issues in the media.

What do you think of his approach of writing home to parents to express his concerns? 

Something more heads should follow?

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What’s criminal is that all state funded schools will face similar choices over class size/staff etc but MPs won’t admit it

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove All schools will struggle to balance budget under whichever political party forms govt next Friday. All parties promise cuts

  3. HughdjNicklin

    andylutwyche Paradox that of the vast sums spent on ed half, by operation of norm referenced assessment, must be counter-productive.

  4. So art and music are ‘minor subjects’?  Parents should be very worried both about cuts to come and heads who think such important areas of education are ‘minor’.

  5. neilayates

    SchoolsImprove We lose 32 & have projected intake 20.That’s immediately 50k lost plus possibly PPG money.Tough when funding linked to roll

  6. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Grammar schools StroudHigh and MarlingSchool have got round this by offering places to less intelligent pupils from 9/16.

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