New figures reveal funding allocations for Strabane district schools

Thursday, 22 March 2018

NEW figures have revealed the funding allocations for every school - primary and secondary - in the Strabane district for the 2018-19 financial year.

The publication of the information comes in the wake of a letter issued by Gary Fair, finance director at the Department of Education, warning schools that there is no money to pay for additional pressures they may face this year.

He had written to all schools following the NI 2018-19 budget announcement by the Secretary of State on March 8.


"The outcome for education is challenging and some very difficult decisions have had to be taken.

"While the department has been able to maintain the total schools' budget in cash terms at 1,167.5 million, it has not been possible to fund the additional pressures facing schools in 2018-19," Mr Fair said.

"In addition, all school budgets must be managed on the assumption that there will be no further in-year allocations from the department during 2018-19."

Summary totals of each school's budget share, provided under the Common Funding Formula (CFF) arrangements have now been published on the department's website.

In his letter, Mr Fair warned school heads and boards: "It is important that firm financial management and budgetary discretion is applied and that you take immediate action to review your school's budget position, to enable difficult decisions to be taken now to ensure that you live within your allocation for 2018-19.

"While responsibility for agreeing a financial plan rests first and foremost with the Board of Governors in each school, it is important that, following their robust review and challenge, any outstanding concerns are immediately brought to the attention of the Education Authority to ensure that necessary actions are taken.

"I fully appreciate the difficulties that this budget outcome will mean for schools and I do not underestimate the challenges ahead."


A total of 1,167,500, 000 has been allocated to schools across Northern Ireland.

The budgets published on the department's website show that in the local primary sector, St Mary's Primary School in Strabane receives the biggest allocation (2,056,943) while Altishane Primary School at 120,448 is allocated the least.

Of the three secondary schools in the area, Holy Cross College will get 6,641,176, Strabane Academy is awarded 2,355,776 and Castlederg High School allocated 1,802,830.

Primary School allocations:

Altishane Primary School: 120,448

Ardstraw Jubilee Primary School: 291,132

Artigarvan Primary School: 464,802

Bready Jubilee Primary School: 395,967

Donemana Primary School: 353,704

Edwards Primary School, Castlederg: 688,630

Erganagh Primary School: 189, 990

Gaelscoil: Ui Dhocartaigh: 560,985

Killen Primary School: 354,953

Loughash Primary School: 163,634

Newtownstewart Model Primary School: 242,233

Sion Mills Primary School: 760,802

St Brigid's Primary School, Cranagh:140,493

St Caireall's Primary School: 339,921

St Catherine's Primary School, Strabane: 1,494,076

St Columba's Primary School, Clady: 406,467

St Eugene's Primary School, Victoria Bridge: 213, 397

St Joseph's Primary School, Glenmornan: 173,425

St Patrick's Primary School, Castlederg: 849,518

St Patrick's Primary School, Donemana: 170,126

St Patrick's Primary School, Newtownstewart: 444,744

St Peter's Primary School, Plumbridge: 267,192

St Mary's Primary School, Cloughcor: 535, 818

St Mary's Primary School, Strabane: 2,056,943

St Theresa's Primary School, Glebe: 366, 800

Strabane Controlled Primary School: 772,061


Secondary school allocations:

Castlederg High School: 1,802, 830;

Holy Cross College: 6,641,176;

Strabane Academy: 2,355,776


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