Redundancies at schools

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 9, 2014


JOBS look set to go at two Isle of Wight schools.

Voluntary redundancy consultation has begun at Medina and Carisbrooke Colleges..

Support staff are at risk at Medina College, while teachers and support staff could go at Carisbrooke.

In a statement issued today (Thursday),chair of governors, Terence Hart, said they had to face some difficult decisions as they tried to improve standards.

He said: "With the support of the trustees, governing body, local authority, guidance from Ofsted, and the dedication of our two headteachers and their staff, we are determined to make the federation financially sustainable by balancing the budget available to us. 

"This will secure a basis for growth and development whilst continuing to offer the most appropriate curriculum pathways for our students. As part of this plan, we have today launched a voluntary redundancy programme."

Carisbrooke headteacher Peter Shaw said: "Like many other public organisations, a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Carisbrooke College budget has been underway for some time now; this obviously needs to include staffing and our logical first step is to explore whether some voluntary redundancies are possible in the first instance.

"This will not distract us in any way from our primary goal of removing Carisbrooke from special measures as soon as possible."

Medina headteacher Nathan Thomas said: "In order to maintain a balanced budget in the next financial year, we are reviewing our staffing structure.

"In the first instance we are talking to support staff to explore the possibility of voluntary redundancies. Our key priority has always been and will continue to be, to provide a system that underpins the raising of attainment and ensures all our students are safe and well supported."

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