Beacon school in Banstead, Surrey

20th June 2003 at 01:00
Parents at the Beacon school in Banstead, Surrey, have agreed to help bail the school out of its funding crisis.

But despite 400 families pledging pound;10 a month for the next year, the state secondary could still have to cut one lesson a week and slash teaching posts.

Headteacher John Darker wrote to parents earlier this month asking for help to reduce a pound;300,000 deficit.

Even so, the school will not be replacing nine staff who are leaving, which could result in larger class sizes and a restricted range of courses at GCSE, AS and A-level.

Mr Darker is also having to cut the number of design and technology, music and drama lessons for 11 to 14-year-olds to make ends meet.

He said: "In my 17 years as a headteacher I have not experienced such a desperate situation which has been so directly caused by government failure."

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