Troubled school axes jobs due to £500K deficit

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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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The freedoms of modern, politically generated education education system bears fruit once again

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The freedoms of modern, politically generated education education system bears fruit once again

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The freedoms of modern, politically generated education education system bears fruit once again

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The freedoms of modern, politically generated education education system bears fruit once again

  5. johnthepoet2010

    SchoolsImprove What a disaster. This should never happen on that scale. There is no excuse. A situation where the Bank of God can step in!

  6. @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove The school became an academy in March 2012.  It’s part of The Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust.  Although academies are supposed to publish their annual accounts, the Trust’s accounts for 2012/13 are not downloadable from the school performance table for Nicholas Breakspear.  However, they are available from the table for Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, another of the Trust’s academies.

    http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=137994

    This shows the auditor gave a ‘qualified opinion’ of the 2012/13 accounts (something to do with how the Trust assessed land value in the accounts – I don’t understand, I’m not an accountant).  Companies Act 2006 requires disclosure of risks facing the Trust.  The Trust said internal control showed risk was minimal.  

    However, the accounts show the Trust was working with Nicholas Breakspear to strengthen accounting structures and reviewing budget (early signs of problems, perhaps?).

  7. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove Can perhaps understand once, but twice? Where were was the strategic management and rigorous oversight?

  8. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove Can perhaps understand once, but twice? Where were was the strategic management and rigorous oversight?

  9. Britinfloridaus

    What happened to the governors in their role of bringing the school into account? Perhaps if the DIocese spent more time training its governors and keeping a watchful brief, compared to its interfering in we’ll run Catholic schools, it would not be in this mess. Be interested to know if the Head and the bursar have been reprimanded. If not why not.

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