Wargrave School asks parents for money for pens and paper

The school blames cuts to funding

A school in the Prime Minister's constituency has asked parents for a daily donation to help pay for its stationery and books.

Robert Piggott C of E School in Wargrave says it's down to cuts to the national schools budget.

The Berkshire primary school is in Theresa May's constituency


How much the school is asking parents to pay towards stationery every year


The number of pupils at the school


How much is being found by the Government to plug the funding gap for schools

One of the elements of (the funding plan) was to ask parents and the community to consider making donations to help meet the predicted shortfall in funding. Therefore, like many other schools, we are now requesting voluntary contributions from parents. Following discussion with the PTA (parent teacher association) and based on feedback at the May meeting, we would like to suggest that parents donate £1 per school day for each child to help the schools through this funding crisis.

A letter sent to parents from the school
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Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner told the Daily Mirror: "The reality is that Tory cuts are hitting schools badly, even in the PM’s own constituency.

"Theresa May was elected to represent Maidenhead on a manifesto that guaranteed to protect school funding but she can’t even keep promises to her own voters let alone the rest of the country."

The Government has promised more money is being pumped into schools - when a new funding formula is introduced.

The Education Secretary says an extra £1.3 billion will be invested to help schools deal with cuts.