A primary school was praised for its work by a Shadow Minister yesterday, despite losing 11 members of staff in the past two years due to funding cuts.

Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, visited Wilsden Primary School, meeting Reception and Year 5 pupils.

Her visit came following last week’s announcement of funding for “little extras” by the Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Budget, which has come under criticism in recent days.

Headteacher John Davison said in the past two years 11 staff have had to be made redundant, or have not been replaced, due to funding cuts.

Following the visit, Angela Rayner said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic day, I’ve met some fabulous teaching staff.

“The young people were so inspiring. They’re full of enthusiasm and you can see the energy in the school.

“But you can see the other side when you speak to staff and find 11 staff have been made redundant or not been replaced.

“It starts to have an effect on how they can provide the best level of eduction. They are trying their best under what is austerity driven cuts by central Government.

“I think schools like this were really devastated by the Budget. The little money they gave was really restricted so therefore the crisis that’s here has not been addressed. The headteacher is not being given the resources he needs to improve his school, it’s rather insulting after schools have had an eight per cent cut in funding since 2010.

“Teachers and support staff deserve better than what is currently being given to them.

“We have to give children and young people hope for the future, we have to invest in education for us to prosper. It’s scandalous and needs to change.”

The “little extras” money provided in the budget, which works out at £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school, can only be used for capital investment, such as teaching equipment or building work.

Mr Davison said the restrictive funding is not ideal.

He said: “We have had to rethink how we do things, and we’re fortunate to be part of a Trust which helps us out.

“Our main need and focus is to improve this for the children, and I would much prefer to use that money for new teachers or teaching assistants, but it's a small amount and limited what we can spend it on.”

Philip Hammond defended the “little extras” funding, saying it is separate to schools funding, which will be dealt with in the spending review, and is just “a nice gesture to buy the odd little piece of kit that they need”.