A MUM whose children attend Aberystwyth’s Penglais School says she was horrified to learn of Ceredigion County Council plans to trim over £300,000 from the budget of the county’s largest school.
The Cambrian News reported “The woman, who does not wish to be named, has questioned why the school receives the least-allocated budget per pupil in the county.
In an email to councillors, she wrote: “I have looked on the Welsh Government website to see the figures for 2017 and how much each school was allocated per pupil and I was totally shocked.
“Ceredigion council chooses to allocate funds differently to each school instead of per pupil per school.
“All schools have had to make cuts over the last few years and I can confirm there have been teaching posts lost resulting in most class sizes of over 34 at Penglais.
“This has meant many of us parents have to pay for additional tuition.
“We feel strongly that budgets should not be cut and there should be a fair allocation per pupil across the county – this does seem an unfair formula.
“We are trying to recruit professionals to come and work in this area – if they bring families they will obviously be looking for a good secondary school.”
According to Welsh Government figures the 2017 budget allocated per pupil to the 1,230-pupil Penglais was £4,506.
This compared unfavourably with £5,615 for Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, which has 567 pupils, and £4,895 for Lampeter’s Ysgol Bro Pedr, which has 1,042.
The figure for Llandysul’s Ysgol Bro Teifi was £4,719 (767 pupils); Tregaron’s was £6,359 (304) and Penweddig’s £4,868 (590).
Cardigan Secondary School has 603 pupils at £4,938 per pupil.
Cllr Bryan Davies suggested the figures did not paint the full picture.
“With regards the budget allocation per pupil, the comparison with Aberaeron might be an unfair one as the funding includes the special education for autistic pupils i.e. Canolfan y Môr where the teacher-pupil ratio is at the very least 2:1, hence an increase in pupil funding,” he said” here.