Support staff at risk of redundancy at secondary school

More than a dozen members of staff at Ormiston Bushfield Academy could be made redundant with the school highlighting financial pressures.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:53 pm
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The secondary school in Ortongate has confirmed that it is currently consulting with 16 people on what it calls a “restructuring of support staff.”

However, it insists that it has not yet made any decisions about what will happen to the staff.

A spokesman for the Ormiston Academies Trust, the sponsor of Ormiston Bushfield, said that in the current financial climate, schools are having to undertake careful planning to “continue to deliver high standards of education to young people.”

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The Peterborough Telegraph received a call about the redundancies from an anonymous member of the public who said support staff were at risk of redundancy.

The caller said this included staff who assist with students with special needs and staff who fill out paperwork.

However, the school has said that all pupils will receive the best education and that no teachers are at risk by the potential redundancies.

Dennis Kirwan, principal at Ormiston Bushfield Academy, said: “Delivering the very best education to young people is our absolute priority.

“We can confirm that no teachers will be affected by the changes and all students, including those with special education needs, will continue to receive the highest standards of education and care.

“All proper processes around the restructure will be followed and we are fully committed to continuing to build on the excellent progress the school is making, which was recognised in a recent Ofsted report that rated the school as good.”

The academy was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2016.