The Herts Advertiser is reporting that staff have been left devastated at the axing of 10 jobs at a St Albans secondary school put in special measures two years ago because it has a £500,000 deficit…
Consultation on redundancies at Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in Colney Heath Lane has begun, a spokeswoman has confirmed.
Staff were told of the looming job cuts just before they broke for the Easter holidays.
One distraught woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that last Thursday (2) staff were told in writing that “a recent audit has shown us once again to be almost £500,000 in deficit.
“There are to be 10 compulsory redundancies to take effect by the end of this school year.
“This includes long-standing senior leaders, teaching and support staff.”
She pointed out that it was the second time in several years the “already struggling network of staff” had faced the axe.
The woman asked: “Where has the money gone this time? It certainly hasn’t been used to maintain the security of the school…”
The school was placed in special measures in late 2013 after a critical Ofsted report…
The Diocese of Westminster, on behalf of the school, said in a statement: “A redundancy consultation process has started on proposals to align expenditure to income and that process will continue after the Easter holiday. No final decisions have been made…”
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