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South Ferndown Residents Association

Ferndown Schools: Funding Announced

The proposed funding for Ferndown schools for the period 2020 to 2021 has been announced by the government. All the schools will get an increase in funding. But the size of that increase reflects the fact that Dorset is near the bottom of the school funding league table for the country as a whole.

The national funding formula is driven by demographics, deprivation levels and special needs. It dictates that some schools will only get a cost-of-living rise while other will see rises well above inflation. Most Dorset schools will only see modest rises in funding allocation per pupil.

The government plans to increase school funding by £7.1 billion by the year 2022/3 and there is a great deal of pressure to level funding from one area to another for particular types of school.

The funding allocation for a school also depends on type of school it is. Senior schools have far larger funding per pupil than primary schools.

The allocations for local schools are as follows:

Hampreston First School.

Baseline funding will increase in 2020/1 to £588,700 which is a mere 2.2% increase. This increase itself will barely keep pace with inflation. It is envisaged the school role may decrease by two to 146. The funding per pupil will be £4032.

Parley First School.

Parley First School appears to a little better than Hampreston with an increase in funding to £1,167,140 which amounts to just over an 8% rise. However the number of pupils is envisaged to rise by 10. The funding on a per pupil basis will rise to £3814.

Ferndown First School

Here the funding level rises to £1,281,400 which is an increase of over 12%. However this is ameliorated by a rise in pupil numbers by 33. The end result is that funding per pupil will be £3825

Ferndown Middle School

The local middle school gets a 13% rise in total funding to £2,644,832. However itr is envisaged that pupil numbers will increase by 37. The funding per pupil will be £4500.

Ferndown Upper School

Being a large Secondary school Ferndown Upper School gets considerably more funding than the other schools in the area. The total funding will rise by 14% to £4,074,000. However pupil numbers will increase considerably going up by 85. The funding per pupil will be £6635

(Hat tip to the Bournemouth Echo for providing school funding information relating to the whole Bournemouth and Dorset area.)

The Chairman’s Still Breathing

I am sure you all are delighted that Jim Bellamy the chairman of South Ferndown Residents Association is actually still breathing.

I most certainly am.
He owes me a tenner.

But that actually is not what the title refers to.

Jim Bellamy as many know, is a guitarist of much accomplishment. He has been playing in rock bands since before the Wright Brothers first took to the air at Kitty Hawk.

“Still Breathing” is the name of the Chairman’s current band.

The members of “Still Breathing” are all accomplished musicians. Though some would suggest that they are also a desperate set of cut-throats. Many would argue they make your average biker gang look like a bunch of cissys.

Arguably the members of “Still Breathing” pay even less attention to Jim than the sober and upright members of the South Ferndown Residents Association committee.

But together “Still Breathing” make the finest of fine rock music. It will get your feet tapping and your dentures clicking.

Jim and his band will be playing this coming Friday (11th October 2019) at the Meeting Hall in Ringwood.

(22 Meeting House Ln, Ringwood BH24 1EY phone: 01425 480656)

All proceeds will go to the MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT & BREAST CANCER SUPPORT charity.

Still Breathing will start playing at 7:30pm. Prompt. (No Prima-Donnas here!) and as long as the police don’t get called, will play through to 9:30pm.

Tickets are £7:00 on the door.

Be there or be an octagon.