FRUSTRATION over government spending cuts has caused one schoolgirl to appeal directly to Prime Minister David Cameron for support.
Jessica Bulezuik, 14, who is a student at Davison High School for girls, in Selborne Road, Worthing, suffers from dyslexia and attends a special class to help with her English and maths.
However, upon discovering the class would be discontinued at her school, an outraged Jessica went home and vented her frustration in a letter to Mr Cameron, on Thursday.
Jessica, from East Preston, said: “When my teacher told us that the year-nines wouldn’t be getting the study plus option I became so angry.
“I know for a fact that these classes have helped me to pass my exams. But these cuts are just putting the futures of those people that, with a little help could pass their GCSEs, on the line.”
Since sending her letter, Jessica has set up her own online petition and hopes to encourage more than 3,000 people to support her campaign, entitled Stop the Government Cuts and Repair the Damage.
Jessica also fears her seven-year-old brother may be dyslexic and his prospects could now be affected, too.
Study plus caters for 12 students, from each GCSE year group, and costs about £2,400 to run each year.
She added: “I believe the government cuts have gone too far and it just frustrates me how they are jeopardising young people’s futures.”
Tony Davies, deputy head teacher and year-nine leader at the school, confirmed the class would be cut ahead of September’s intake of GCSE students.
He said: “The budget is very complicated. I would not say it’s a direct result of that but schools clearly need to make savings somewhere.
“It’s just smaller classes like the study plus ones only cater for about 12 students for an hour. The cost soon builds up.”
Last year, 69 per cent of students at the school gained five or more A-C grades including English and maths – a figure which has increased by two per cent since 2010.
To sign Jessica’s petition, visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-goverment-cuts-and-repair-the-damage