SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Wishes parents and local people to know how anxious schools in Lewes are, with most Schools East Sussex and elsewhere feeling the same, about the low level of school funding and its likely effect on our children and young people. Governors and Heads are joining together to let local and central government know that school funding is in crisis. They say the government claims that funding for schools has remained the same, but they do not mention that all schools face rising costs due to inflation and other extra charges which the government have recently introduced themselves. According to the National Audit Office, this will equate to £3 billion less between 2019 and 2020. As a result, Headteachers across East Sussex are having to look very hard at provision for pupils and are now considering decisions that would result in larger class sizes and fewer teachers and senior staff; school buildings falling into disrepair; cuts to pastoral services, including teaching assistants and support staff in general; outdated computer equipment; fewer GCSE and A Level options in secondary schools, and fewer trips and after school activities that have previously been subsidised or offered free.
On a lighter note, good things continue to happen. The school says, ‘Congratulations to our netball teams who played such great matches at the local league competition last week. For the first time we fielded three teams, reflecting the ever increasing popularity of our netball club and our inclusive approach that enables any child to get a chance to have a go at a sport and play in a competition if they want to and if they show commitment. A big thank you goes to Rachael Burgess who coaches and organises the team so well’.
SOUTH MALLING CHURCH: The service this Sunday is Holy Communion. It will be led by Revd Dick Field and Ian Graham will be continuing the discussion of Jesus’ parables, this week looking again at what he has to say about the use of money. The Service begins at 9.30am and all are welcome.
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: At the last meeting, a concern was expressed about getting footpaths registered in good time, with the fear that paths which are not registered will gradually be allowed to disappear. There was particular concern about whether the Brooks Corridor is registered and a general feeling that we should put some effort into safeguarding our public paths before they disappear and are lost as a valued amenity.
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