Hilary Goldsmith, director of finance and operations at Varndean High School in Brighton, wrote an emotional letter on school funding to the Times Educational Supplement on Friday.
In an apologetic message to teachers across the country, she described the cash crisis as an “unholy mess”.
She said as the new term and financial year begins, budgets have once again been slashed and teachers will “once again, have to make do with less”.
She wrote: “We’re sorry. Please understand that we have no choices left.
“We haven’t cut your budgets because we’re unkind or mean.
“Or because we don’t like your department. Or you. Or because we’re power-hungry, unfeeling, control freaks or inefficient. We’ve done it because we have a loaded gun to our heads.
“It breaks our hearts, too.”
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Ouch! I think the kiddies say ‘PWND!’, Hilary. Better luck next time.