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Reserves held by schools

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  • Release date: 19 October 2017
  • Period covered: At 31 March 2017
  • Next update: 17 October 2018
An annual report which includes information by school sector and local authority.

Key points

  • The overall level of reserves held by schools in Wales was £46 million at 31 March 2017, the equivalent of £102 per pupil. This is a decrease of 28% compared with the previous year. Reserves in primary schools accounted for £40 million or 88% of the total.
  • Compared to the previous year, the overall level of positive reserves decreased by £12 million and the level of negative reserves decreased by £6.2 million. These figures combine to show a decrease of £18.1 million in total reserves.
  • Isle of Anglesey had the highest level of reserves per pupil at £223 while Denbighshire had the lowest with a deficit of £70 per pupil.
  • The level of reserves as a percentage of delegated schools expenditure was 2.1%, a decrease of 0.9 of a percentage point compared to the previous year.
  • 195 primary, 73 secondary, 11 special, 1 nursery and 4 middle schools in Wales had negative reserves totalling £21 million. The remaining 1,304 schools had positive reserves, 152 of which had reserves in excess of 10% of their total delegated expenditure.


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