Total schools budgeted expenditure per pupil

This amount includes the money retained by the local authority for central funding.

2020–21 = £5959 (2019-20 = £5636, 2018–19 = £5306) 

Increase of 5.2% on previous year, compared to an increase of 6.2% the previous year.

Ranked 19th for funding per pupil from Welsh Government for schools budgets, down from 18th in 2019–20

% rate of delegation to schools

"In 2012, local government committed to a target set them by the Welsh Government to delegate 85% of all school funding directly to schools by 2014–15." (School Funding in Wales: Research Briefing, August 2018)

Rate of delegation in Bridgend in 2020–21 = 86% (3rd highest in Wales). (2019–20 rate was 85.6% and ranking was 6th.)

Rate excluding home to school transport in 2020–21 = 89.4% (4th highest in Wales). (2019–20 rate was 88.9% and ranking was 5th.)

How has this changed over time? How does Bridgend compare to other local authorities?


Per pupil funding of schools in Bridgend

We have mapped delegated per pupil funding for primary schools and secondary schools across Wales. The colours refer to Welsh averages. Purple indicates a school which receives funding in the top 25% per pupil, grey, the middle 50% and red, the bottom 25%.

Primary schools


Secondary schools


Changes in the average delegated school budget per pupil, 2012–20

Ranks 15th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for all school types.

Primary schools

Ranks 20th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for primary schools.

Secondary schools

Ranks 14th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for secondary schools.

School reserves in Bridgend

The map shows which schools retain reserves within statutory limits (in black) and above statutory limits (in yellow). The statutory limits are £50,000 for a primary school and £100,000 for a secondary school. It also shows which schools are in deficit (in red). All figures are for the end of the financial year 2018–2019. Use the menu on the top left to choose type of school, and hover over a school marker to find out how much money is involved.


How have financial reserves in Bridgend changed

Primary Schools

Bridgend's primary schools on average have the second smallest financial reserves in Wales at a rate of £26.43, and of the 48 primary schools, 18 ended 2018-19 in deficit. The situation has worsened since 2015–16.

Secondary Schools

Bridgend's secondary school sector has on average a small deficit (£-21.65), ranking 13th in Wales. Four out of nine secondary schools ended 2018-19 with deficits. The situation has declined steadily over the past few years.

Special Schools

Both of Bridgend's specials schools have surpluses, with an average per pupil surplus of £1100.