There is no consensus about the minimum operating cost of a school at present. Each school is unique and the Department believes it should be for head teachers to decide their operating model.
The Department does have minimum per pupil funding levels in the national funding formula (NFF). In 2019-20 the minimum per pupil funding level for secondary schools is £4,800. Local authorities remain responsible for decisions about the distribution of funding at the local level, and Wokingham Borough Council has chosen to implement the NFF minimum per pupil funding levels.