A public meeting will be held this month amid proposed government cuts to school funding .
It is being organised by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which is coordinating the fight against planned cut-backs, with the area set to be one of the hardest hit in the country.
A consultation has been launched on government proposals to recalculate the National Funding Formula which would see funding of schools in west London slashed , with those in H&F facing a three per cent reduction in addition to rising costs of more than 10% in the past three years.
“These cuts are a real danger to children’s education,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, cabinet member for social inclusion. “You can help us fight the plans.
“School budgets are already stretched and any more cuts could have a massive impact. It’s not fair for children to lose out because the government is not investing enough in education. And it’s not fair on the teachers and their fantastic schools.”
'Can only have a negative impact'
Backing the council-led campaign is the H&F Schools’ Forum, chaired by Peter Haylock. He said: “If schools’ budgets are cut – at a time when costs are increasingly significantly – it can only have a negative effect on the education that we are able to deliver.
“We will not be able to employ the number of high quality teachers and leaders that we need to be able to maintain standards.”
The council has previously stated the plans would cause “could threaten jobs, hit the range of subjects taught, and even damage the long-term viability of some schools”.
Among the biggest losers in the borough will be Ark Burlington Danes Academy, London Oratory, Sacred Heart, Melcombe, according to Hammersmith and Fulham Council .
Last year, Paul Stubbings, the head teacher of Cardinal Newman in neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea, said the school in Holland Park could see its funding cut by 10% .
Among those expected to the meeting are H&F parents and teachers. It takes place at 7pm on February 28 at the Hammersmith Town Hall, in Kings Road.
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