Total schools budgeted expenditure per pupil
This amount includes the money retained by the local authority for central funding.
2020–21 = £6327 per pupil (2019–20 = £6227, 2018–19 = £6041)
An increase of 1.6%, compared to 3.1% the previous year
Ranked 7th for funding per pupil from Welsh Government for schools budgets, compared to 5th the previous year.
% 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 Denbighshire in 2020–21 = 85.4% (2019–20 = 83.5%) 6th highest in Wales, compred to =9th highest in Wales
Rate excluding home to school transport in 2020–21 = 90.8% (2019-20 = 88.5%) 2nd highest in Wales, up from 8th in 2019–20
How has this changed over time? How does Denbighshire compare to other local authorities?
Per pupil funding of schools in Denbighshire
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%.
Changes in the average delegated school budget per pupil, 2012–20
Ranks 1st in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for all school types.
Ranks 3rd in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for primary schools.
Ranks 1st in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for secondary schools.
School reserves in Denbighshire
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 to find out how much money is involved.
How have financial reserves in Denbighshire changed
Denbighshire's primary school reserves have on average improved in the last few years and the sector now has a per pupil surplus of £153.58—17th in Wales. Seven of its 45 primary schools ended 2018–19 in deficit.
By contrast with the primary schools, Denbighshire's secondary school sector has suffered dramatically deteriorating finances. Denbighshire has a per pupil deficit of -£266.58 and only two of its seven secondary schools are in surplus—this places them in 21st place. Denbighshire has the second largest gap between the overall reserves in its primary and secondary school sectors (a gap of £420.16 per pupil).
Denbighshire's one through school for 2018–19 has had a deficit for three years, with a per pupil average in the last year of -£628 which is the worst for the ten local authorities which have this type of school.
Denbighshire's two special schools are both in surplus with an average per pupil surplus for the sector of £1911.