Budget For Secondary School In Scarborough Drops Nearly £1 Million

Scarborough's overall education budget was also cut.

By Gwilym, 15, Scarborough · June 3, 2020

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The budget for Scarborough’s secondary schools has dropped by £823,662.18 over the last five years. 

According to data from North Yorkshire County Council, the budget was £26,306,875.60 in 2015/16. However, in 2019/20, it stood at 25,483,213.42. 

Scarborough’s overall education budget was also cut, by £14,212,89 in one year alone, falling from £65,134,897.92 in 2018/19 to £63,713,608.29 in 2019/20.

The figures also reveal that Graham School, for secondary education, has had the biggest decrease in funding, of over £1 million. In 2015/16, its budget was £6,525,348.96, but in 2019/20 it was 5,355,327.96

Meanwhile, Eskdale secondary school has had the biggest increase in budget; in 2015/16, its budget was £1,486,921.70 but in 2019/20 it was £2,542,195.08.

However, its new budget is still significantly lower than four of Scarborough’s other secondary schools, including Graham School which in spite of the drop, still has the biggest budget of all eight Scarborough secondary schools.

The media literacy charity The Student View made the findings following a Freedom of Information request to the council.

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