School’s popularity leaves budget short

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A STATE-of-the-art primary school in Red Lodge has found itself under-funded as more pupils than expected enrol.

Schools receive funding on a per-student basis and a 46-pupil shortfall in the number predicted to attend St Christopher’s CEVC Primary School has left it under-funded.

Primary schools receive, on average, £3,489 for each student attending the school.

However, this rate may change dependant on the location and size of the school or any special requirements students may have.

Suffolk County Council has said there will be a re-count of the number of students attending the school in October and they could expect to see a £40,000 pay out.

Headteacher Katheryn McMurtary confirmed that in the meantime the school had built up a ‘small deficit’.

She said: “It’s very difficult to predict numbers for a school.

“We are working with the authority to resolve funding.

“I’m confident it won’t affect any child’s education.”

St Christopher’s CEVC Primary School was built to replace Tuddenham Primary School, which was too small to provide for the number of students in the area.

The school opened in September and building work to finish the landscaping of the grounds is continuing.

Work to build a new classroom block is also planned to start shortly.

Suffolk county councillor and school governor Lisa Chambers said: “I’m confident we will sort this out in terms of bedding in. It’s a new building and we want time to adjust to that.

“We are working extremely hard to make sure the young people get the best education.”

Cllr Chambers said the school’s financial situation would not affect the completion of building work.