Brighton school looks likely to keep its key sporting role

Posted On 21 Dec 2010 at 4:19 am

A Brighton school is expected to be able to continue its flagship sports programme after a government U-turn over funding cuts.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said that he would find about half of the money originally allocated to scheme.

He had planned to scrap it altogether.

Dorothy Stringer High School in Loder Road, Brighton, was expected to lose about £320,000, putting its inter-schools programme of sports fixtures at risk.

Andy Marchant, an assistant head at the school, runs the schools sports partnership in Brighton and Hove.

He was also a key player in the national campaign to save the scheme and is expected to be able to keep it going locally on a reduced budget.

Paul Elgood, the Liberal Democrat councillor who represents Brunswick and Adelaide on Brighton and Hove City Council, welcomed the U-turn by the coalition government.

He said that ministers would “act today to provide £70 million of transitional funding to the schools sports partnership, which benefits schools in the city”.

He added: “The coalition gets a very bad press from its critics but it inherited a situation of complete financial meltdown from the last Labour government and is doing what it can with limited resources.”

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