City teachers among the highest paid
A BIRMINGHAM academy appears in a top 10 list of state-funded secondaries outside London with the highest-paid teachers.
Kings Norton Girls’ School is one of five state-funded secondary schools outside London where the average teaching salary tops £47,000. Figures from a government “census” of all teachers in England revealed the average teacher at Kings Norton was on £47,064.
Only four schools outside London have a higher figure and all of those are academies, too.
Academy schools, while funded by the state, are independent of local authorities and do not have to teach the national curriculum. Seven of the top 10 paying schools are academies, while two are free schools – which are also outside local authority control, and can set their own wages.
In the West Midlands, Hillcrest School – another Birmingham academy – has the second highest average wage, at £44,361.
Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham is third (£44,207) with The Kingswinford School – another academy, this time in Dudley – in fifth (£44,039).
In fourth place is the only local authority-maintained school in the top five – Castle High School and Visual Arts College, also in Dudley (£44,206).