High school hit with $250k loss

Alanna Clohesy and Mark McGowan.
Alanna Clohesy and Mark McGowan.

As part of the new funding model that will redirect funding from high schools to primary schools, up to 80 high schools will lose $250,000 in funding.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the new funding model was fair and equitable and reflected the central findings of a review of the WA public school funding system by Melbourne University.

‘Overall, most high schools’ overall budgets will increase because of the move of Year 7s from primary to secondary school,’ Mr Collier said.

‘Likewise, primary school budgets go down because they’ve lost Year 7s but the per-student funding amount has risen for primary students.

‘Every school will get the same amount of funding for each student depending on their year level.

‘On top of this will be funding for students who need extra support.’

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the loss of funding for Mt Lawley SHS was a massive reduction for one of the State’s flagship high schools.

‘All it will do is lessen the subject offerings and drive students away from public schools into private schools,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘It reduces the capacity for them to do specialist programs. It will mean fewer teachers in the specialist areas.

‘This school prides itself on specialist programs and it will suffer as a result.’

Mr Collier said the five-year transition period would ensure schools had time to adjust to their new budgets.

East Metropolitan MLC Alanna Clohesy said the funding cuts would put more pressure on parents to raise money for the schools.

‘It is going to be very tough for families of this school and other schools that are affected,’ Ms Clohesy said.

‘It also means pressure on the families to raise more money for the schools.’

Mt Lawley Senior High School associate principal Lea Fairfoul-Hutcheon could not comment.