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Halesowen school teachers face redundancy
9:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
TEACHERS at a Halesowen school are facing a second round of job cuts in less than a year.
Faced with falling pupil numbers, Leasowes High School’s principal Neil Shaw said there was a need to rationalise the workforce “due to overstaffing”.
The first phase of the redundancy programme was carried out last December, which ended with the loss of three teachers, two voluntarily and one compulsory redundancy. However, with a maximum intake into year seven of 240 pupils, only 131 joined the school in 2012.
The downward trend continued with just 109 children starting earlier this month, leaving Leasowes with 131 surplus places in year seven alone and putting more jobs on the line.
Mr Shaw declined to reveal how many jobs are at risk in this latest round, and it is not known whether all the job losses will be teachers or include support and administrative staff.
He said: “We have now gone out to consultation on the planned second phase and we are, again, working closely with the local authority and unions to minimise the need for any compulsory redundancies and we expect the matter to be resolved by Easter 2014.”
Mr Shaw claimed admission figures were stabilising after recent years of decline and said the school enjoyed a “fantastic” open week this week after 99 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*-C GCSEs this summer.
“We are aware the admission figures are lower than the 240 capacity and this figure is being reviewed as it has not been altered in recent years despite the drop in the birth rate and closure of a local primary school feeder,” said Mr Shaw, who added that the school still had a “very healthy” total of 817 pupils.
Despite the difficulties, he said the school was continuing to improve, with maths results up by 17 per cent in the last three years, the best ever recorded at the school.
The number of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, has not yet been revealed as the school is awaiting verification of the maths results.
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