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Up to 30 jobs are at risk at Peterborough’s flagship academy which is undergoing a major shake-up.

Thomas Deacon Academy, in Queen’s Gardens, which has 2,092 pupils, is carrying out its first comprehensive reorganisation since it opened in 2007.

CEO and principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, Julie Taylor, pictured in April 2014. EMN-140204-142649009

CEO and principal of Thomas Deacon Academy, Julie Taylor, pictured in April 2014. EMN-140204-142649009

Chief executive and principal Julie Taylor said: “We know from the main political parties that education funding will continue to be cut year on year. It is important to take the right action now to ensure our children continue to get the best possible education.

“Our directors have decided there needs to be a better balance between the money spent on staff salaries and the money available for resources and additional resources to meet the needs of our young people.

“Around 30 posts are at risk, which is equivalent to only nine per cent of the total workforce. Over the last academic year, the TDA directorate has reviewed the academy’s structure and is taking this opportunity to provide greater accountability and greater motivation within the system to further build on the best exam results seen last year.”

Thomas Deacon Academy has 364 staff and is sponsored by Peterborough’s Perkins Engines and the Deacon Schools Trust. Like all academies, it is funded by the government.

An Ofsted inspection in July 2013 rated it as “requiring improvement”. A follow up inspection in December 2013 found that it was being turned around.

News of the action has been released in a video statement by Ms Taylor, which can be seen above or on the academy’s website.

More on the reorganisation at thomasdeaconacademy.com, including some frequently asked questions

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Councillor John Holdich, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “The academy has consulted with us on this. The reorganisation is eminently the sensible thing to do.

“The academy is a flagship for the city and was created from three schools and at the time was the largest in the country. This is the first time its structure has been reviewed. It will ensure staff are in the right positions for the future.

He added: “The academy is not facing any financial difficulties. It is going very well. The changes will help increase the educational attainment of its students.”

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “The school has done well in turning round a record of poor attainment and is now heading in the right direction.”

A spokeswoman for Perkins Engines said: “Since its opening in 2007, Perkins’ sponsorship of the Thomas Deacon Academy (TDA) has been focused around our employee support, from representation on the board of governors to working with the academy on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and community social responsibility programmes.

“We will continue to support the TDA in these areas.”

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