Royal Borough schools receive council funding following public vote

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Will Taylor

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A total of five schools will receive funding from the council after they entered the Participatory Budget scheme.

Residents vote on a published list of schools each term, and this year, the Royal CE (Crown Aided) School in Windsor, Knowl Hill CE Academy, Braywood CE First School, Waltham St Lawrence Primary School and Trevelyan Middle School in Windsor each received £6,000 after councillors approved the funding on Thursday.

Schools that entered had to outline how much they needed, up to a total of £6,000, and what they would spend the money on.

The Participatory Budget committee is allocated £33,000 to spend on schools each term. Votes are weighted to prevent school size affecting the outcome.

Cllr Geoff Hill (Con, Oldfield), chairman of the cabinet subcommittee, said the weighting of votes and method of selection of schools could be reviewed in the future, and the initiative was still ‘a pilot scheme’.

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