A school in Theresa May‘s constituency of Maidenhead has put together an Amazon ‘wish list’ of supplies for parents to purchase for teachers and pupils. The wish list comes as the Prime Minister argues her government is spending more on schools “than ever before”.
The Maidenhead Advertiser reported that St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School sent an Amazon wish list of 17 items to parents. The list, distributed on Monday (June 11), included toilet paper as well as various office and classroom supplies, including pens, pencils, paper and adhesive tape.
The school said parents had asked for ways to support the school after reportedly claiming it had lost £70,000 in government funding cuts. It said in a statement: “The Amazon wish list is something we put together in response to parents asking for ways to support our school further.
“Whilst reduced school funding is naturally a concern, we’re in the fortunate position of being able to balance our budget for the next few years.”
However, the local council leader said the story was “politically-motivated utter nonsense”. The news led to heated debates on Twitter between parents and local politicians.
Catherine del Campo, who has a 10-year-old daughter at the school, wrote on Twitter: “In your constituency, @theresa-may, a school not just asking parents for extras, but basic essentials.