Head defends jobs axe at top secondary school

The Express & Star is reporting that a headteacher has defended redundancies being made at one of the country’s top performing schools…

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School is laying off 11 staff…

Bosses have embarked on a cost-cutting drive because of recent financial pressures, but hope to avoid compulsory redundancies. Meanwhile teaching hours are increasing and pupil numbers are being increased by 60.

It is understood that so far five applications for voluntary redundancies have been accepted, with a further six positions set to be laid off.

No senior leadership positions will be made redundant. Compulsory redundancies will only be made if not enough staff apply for voluntary severance.

Headteacher Trudi Young said the school had been under financial pressure.

A source close to the school, who asked not to be named, said staff morale was ‘at its lowest point’, with a number of teachers said to be considering leaving. This is all being done on the basis of finance, without any consideration for the impact on staff or students,” she said…


It’s not actually clear if the redundancies cover teaching positions or not. Any local insights here? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Austerity again – it can only go so far before it becomes detrimental. School presumably has little choice

  2. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove No SLT posts gone? At very least SLT shd shave a bit off their salaries, and lose at least one deputy.

  3. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove You’d have thought but education nowadays needs many many chiefs and very few braves!!!

  4. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove You don’t need to convince me trouble there are very few people who will bother moving without “incentive”

  5. andylutwyche

    andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove Lots of “management” because leadership scale posts are created to lure people to school in first place

  6. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove Regrettable but if budget can’t sustain staff numbers or salary structure then such action beccomes inevitable.

  7. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove A ‘top school’ suggests it would be fully subscribed. This in turn suggests either staff or salary structure imbalance.

  8. simonypvs

    SchoolsImprove all schools are now under financial pressure. Our wage bill is increasing by £255k next year with no more funding expected

  9. simonypvs

    SchoolsImprove all schools are now under financial pressure. Our wage bill is increasing by £255k next year with no more funding expected

  10. andylutwyche

    “supernash69: andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove She was probably just popping round with the P45s.” Good point – save on postage #austerity

  11. andylutwyche

    “supernash69: andrew_1910 andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Going to be a lot more of this over the coming years.” More than we think

  12. supernash69

    Nor_edu andylutwyche andrew_1910 SchoolsImprove I’m a teacher- it’s my God given right to moan. U0001f609

  13. @supernash69 Nor_edu SchoolsImprove  ‘Teachers have been assured that their jobs are not under threat by the proposed move’ – that’s what the school said when it was proposing to become an academy.

    Hollow assurance, apparently.

  14. Jonesboy110

    SchoolsImprove Interestingly no SLT will lose jobs. This is part of the problem: Costly SLTs are too large! Over-monitoring everything!

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