Henry Smith MP welcomes funding boost for schools in Crawley

All children across Crawley will be able to access a world-class education thanks to a major funding boost.

The Government has confirmed schools in West Sussex will receive 5.68 per cent more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.

Henry Smith MP has welcomed this new funding, saying the commitment that every local secondary school student will receive a minimum of £5,800 next year and every primary school pupil will receive at least £4,210 per pupil by 2021-22 would reassure parents of Government’s promise to deliver the best for their children.

This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of more than £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities will find out how the first part of that investment – £2.6 billion – will be allocated for the coming year.

The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded.

Henry said;

“Every child in Crawley deserves the best possible start in life – regardless of their background or where they live.

“The 5.68 per cent per pupil funding boost next year will mean that every school in West Sussex will receive a budget increase, giving teachers, parents and pupils the certainty to plan, and supercharging standards in our schools.

“Funding for Crawley schools is to go up to over £82.8 million.

‘This new funding will also target those schools who need support the most, making sure that every parent in Crawley can be sure their children are getting a world-class education.”