Here & Now School Fund


We are very grateful to all our supporters. Donations make a real difference to the student experience at Borlase and help us to maintain our outstanding quality of education and to continue to aspire to an even greater future.


Although the national funding formula per pupil at Borlase is set to rise to a minimum of £4,800, this is not due to happen immediately, possibly not until 2021.

We currently receive  £4,000 per pupil in Years 7 to 11. A change in general funding to per pupil funding for Sixth form students has led to a decrease in funding of 25%. The amount we receive has been frozen at £4,000 per pupil. We receive roughly £450 less per pupil than the national minimum funding. Year on year funding per pupil has not been keeping pace with inflation for staffing, educational supplies and the costs of maintaining our facilities.

The average pupil to teacher ratio across secondary schools nationally is, we believe, just below 15. In September 2017, we calculated it is almost exactly 20. This means that in one very important measurement, each of our teachers is doing 1/3 more per person than an average teacher nationally.


Borlase is operating against a difficult funding background, but we continue to be even more ambitious. We keep adding more and more opportunities for our children – new activities, competitions, clubs, societies, academic groups and, of course, improving facilities.

We continue to offer a rich curriculum with a wide choice of subjects. We continue to offer practical science as we consider this to be essential for learning and understanding.

We have reduced teacher non-contact to the legal minimum and our class sizes are very efficiently run.

We continue to apply for grants for much needed facility improvements.  We are not permitted to use these funds from grants on any operating costs.  Upon receipt of a grant Borlase is obliged to make a percentage contribution to the building costs, paradoxically, decreasing funds.


This is why we are asking for support from our alumni and parents, so that we do not need to cut back on the education we provide or the breadth of extra-curricular opportunities we give each student at Borlase.

For all enquiries please contact Ilona Cains at or on 01628 816519.