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Four-day week for pupils if the Tories stay in'.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE by NICOLA FIFIELD

A SCHOOL head facing a PS700,000 shortfall has told parents she may have to end the five-day school week if Theresa May is re-elected.

Dr Anne Hudson said cuts to school budgets would also mean a reduced curriculum and parents having to pay for text books.

In a note to parents, Dr Hudson, head of Langley Park School for Girls in Bromley, Kent, wrote: "We are facing a very difficult situation.

"I do need to inform you we will be asking you to contribute to the costs of items such as text books in ways we have not done in the past." Analysis by schools watchdog website schoolcuts.org.uk suggests Langley Park would have to save nearly PS700,000 by 2019 if the Tories win on Thursday.

That is the equivalent of PS525 for every pupil and would mean the loss of 15 teachers. Dr Hudson urged parents to back the campaign against funding cuts and to write to Education Secretary Justine Greening. Last October, schools in West Sussex also announced proposals for a four-day week to cut costs.

Chris McGovern, Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "It's catastrophic, we're the only country in the world where grandparents outperform their grandchildren."

But he said bigger classes might be better, adding: "There's more to raising standards than the money.

It's how you spend it."

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