Ministers are to announce that 11 Birmingham schools will be stripped of hard-won “specialist” status and funding of around £130,000 each, as part of the drastic round of spending cuts announced on Wednesday.
Schools Secretary Michael Gove will abolish specialist sports colleges under plans to focus on academic disciplines such as literacy and numeracy.
It means that city schools with specialist sports status will lose the extra cash of £129 per pupil that comes with it. This can mean an extra £130,000 for a large secondary school.
Schools were encouraged to apply for specialist status under Labour, and went through a gruelling application process to win the accolade and the extra money that came with it.
But the Government’s plans were revealed by Labour, after opposition politicians revealed leaked details.
Birmingham schools affected include Baverstock Foundation School and Specialist Sports College, Bishop Challoner Catholic School, Calthorpe School Sports College, Colmers School, Golden Hillock School, Hamstead Hall Community Learning Centre, Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College, King Edward VI Aston School, Kingsbury School and Sports College, Lordswood Boys School and Wilson Stuart School.
Shadow sports minister Ian Austin (Lab Dudley North) said: “Whilst British athletes were in Delhi last week winning medals for Britain and inspiring youngsters to take part in sport, David Cameron’s coalition was drawing up plans to slash the support for the next generation of sporting stars.
“Parents and coaches across the country will be appalled to see the damage David Cameron is about to do to youth sport.
“The programmes they are about to destroy aren’t just about success on the pitch, in the pool or the gym or on the track, because youth sport is also the best way of keeping youngsters fit, healthy and out of trouble.
"David Cameron might not value sport, but parents know it teaches kids crucial lessons about discipline, teamwork and how to compete in the right spirit, that hard work and training bring results.”
Other specialist schools, including those specialising in languages, maths, engineering or technology, are not believed to be affected.
Other West Midlands schools affected by the announcement include The Coseley School, The Ellowes Hall Sports College and Windsor High School in Dudley; Oldbury College of Sport, The Meadows Sports College and Wood Green High School College of Sport, Maths and Computing, in Sandwell; Lode Heath School and Smiths Wood Sports College in Solihull, and The Streetly School and Willenhall School Sports College in Walsall.
It comes after Mr Gove scrapped 13 school building projects in Birmingham, and others in the Black Country including nine in Sandwell.
Labour claimed the Government was also planning to scrap rules guaranteeing children five hours per week of PE and sport to young people, reverting to a basic two hours per week, and cut almost £125 million of funding for sport in schools.
The Department for Education last night would not comment on spending plans but a spokesman said Ministers wanted to encourage competitive sport “which should be a vibrant part of the life and ethos of all schools”.