Simon Hoare, MP, visited TBS recently in order to discuss funding issues, including the extra expenditure incurred as a result of C-19. Whilst in the school, Simon kindly offered to volunteer in the testing area and assisted in the testing of a group of staff and students; he also volunteered to join the testing team when students returned to school on 8 March, which the school immediately accepted.
The discussion regarding funding included the need for lost income during the pandemic (such as lettings income) to be reimbursed either in full or part by the government and a greater level of grant support for health and safety measures such as the use of sanitiser school-wide and extra cleaning since March last year. Schools operate as businesses and rely on generating income for the basics, let alone the extras.
The Chair of Governors, Mario Roncaglia; Sally Wilson (Headteacher) and Liz Bishopp (Business Manager) were very grateful for his time and his agreement to take their concerns forward in discussions with the Treasury.