The Stoke Sentinel is reporting that at least 12 teaching staff could lose their jobs after a school announced cost-cutting plans.
The posts under threat at University Academy Kidsgrove are understood to include several in core subjects such as English.
The school – which was placed in special measures a year ago after failing an inspection – is now consulting with staff.
It comes as the school’s sponsor, the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT), has announced changes across several of its academies.
Steps include introducing a ‘streamlined’ curriculum from this September, although it’s not known if students will have a narrower choice of GCSEs. UCAT said pupils would still be able to take specialisms like art, the performing arts and technology, alongside the main academic subjects.
In a statement, the trust added: “The UCAT board agreed that developing consistency across academies – both in what was taught and how it is delivered – would be a key factor in achieving the necessary improvements.”
Altogether, 11.6 full-time equivalent teaching staff posts at UAK are set to be lost.
Latest available figures show the school has around 47 teachers and seven teaching assistants.
A source, who didn’t want to be named, said: “At a time when there’s a national shortage of teachers, they’re making staff redundant. It doesn’t make sense…”
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