The Express & Star is reporting that up to eight staff will be made redundant from St Peter’s Collegiate in Wolverhampton, an announcement school leaders say has been made with ‘the greatest regret’.
The redundancies will come from throughout the Compton Park school, a spokeswoman said, and not any one department.
One staff member, who did not wish to be named, said staff were expecting to find out this week whether their jobs were safe or not.
Meetings had been held about the redundancies, they said, and staff have all had letters to say their jobs are at risk.
The announcements had been ‘staggered’ throughout the departments, they said, and staff had been informed it was to do with financial difficulties.
Confirming the redundancies Sue Bowden, chairwoman of the board of directors, said: “It is with the greatest regret that the Board of Directors of St Peter’s Collegiate School have had to consent to the principal undertaking a consultation process with staff, with the ultimate aim of reducing staffing costs to an acceptable level.
“The aim of this process is to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies.
“Like many other schools both locally and nationally, who have also had to take this course of action, the academy faces substantive financial pressures, not least from extensive increases in employer pension contributions and national insurance costs.
“It has been agreed that it is essential to respond to these pressing needs to safeguard the long-term independent financial viability of the school. This ensures that the high quality curriculum opportunities offered are maintained.”
Mrs Bowden added they would like to thank all staff for their support at this difficult time…
With schools said to be facing per pupil cuts of 8% over the next 5 years – for reasons including those mentioned in this article – do we have to presume there is going to be a lot more of this to come?
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