The revised schools funding formula from the Government has been met with mixed reactions from North Devon headteachers and politicians

A North Devon headteacher has called the new schools funding formula 'educational apartheid'.

The Government's revised shake up of the funding system will see Devon gain an extra £7.5million for schools but Michael Johnson at Chulmleigh Community College says secondary schools in the north of the county are being hit hard.

Despite minister Justine Greening promising an end to the 'postcode lottery' and saying rural schools will gain on average 3.9 per cent more, with those schools in the most remote locations gaining five per cent, early indications are South Molton and Chulmleigh's secondary schools will get just one per cent.

Bideford looks set to get three per cent next for 2018-19, as will Ilfracombe Academy, Park School and Pilton College, while Great Torrington is looking at 2.4 and Braunton 2.1. Holsworthy and Route 39 are looking at 0.5 per cent.

Mr Johnson said he was only speaking for secondary schools, but said he believed the proposed distribution of funds via Devon County Council was 'derisory'.

He said: "There are some schools in the south of the county that have benefitted greatly. We understand times are hard but we don't understand how a couple of weeks ago the secretary of state will say schools in rural areas will get more and we today learn DCC are offering one per cent.

"This represents a real cut on our spending on top of years of cuts and we are not the only ones."

But DCC leader John Hart said the Government's initial funding plans would have left two thirds of the county's schools worse off, but the council had campaigned strongly against that.

He said: "There is still some way to go but I am optimistic that our schools will see significant benefits from the new formula.

"We don't yet know what the new national average for funding for each child will be but I suspect Devon will still be below that figure and that means we will continue to campaign."

Barnstaple county councillor Brian Greenslade said local schools would be 'deeply disappointed' by the proposals.

He says it would still see Devon schools some £268 worse off per pupil compared with the national average.

He said: "This is not acceptable and those Tory MPs who have rushed into print to applaud the new national funding formula really need to go to Spec Savers.

"Early indications from the work done shows the five schools in my electoral division will get an additional £88,000 by 2019/20, not right away.

"There will be further work to be done before schools actually know what their funding levels will be for next year and the year after. But the outlook looks very, very disappointing for our schools who had hoped to make significant progress towards closing the gap."

Andrew Finney, principal at South Molton Community College, said 'the devil was in the detail' but added: "It would appear the school will benefit by 0.5 per cent next year and then an extra 0.5 per cent the following year, approximately £29,000.

"If you consider the rate of inflation for supplies to the school, the extra pension and national insurance contributions and one per cent teacher pay rise this year and another possible rise next year if public sector pay is unfrozen I would imagine this is another cut to our budget. Not great news for the parents and students of North Devon."