Job loss fear as schools merge

Amal­ga­ma­tion of sup­port teams leads to ru­mours over re­dun­dan­cies

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

JOBS could be at risk as part of a re­struc­tur­ing fol­low­ing a pri­mary school merge in Ick­en­ham, it has been claimed.

The in­fant and ju­nior schools at The Break­s­pear School, in Bushey Road, Ick­en­ham, were re­cently com­bined to form a sin­gle pri­mary school.

The school is now look­ing to amal­ga­mate the sup­port teams at the two for­mer schools which, it is be­lieved, could re­sult in re­dun­dan­cies.

An anony­mous let­ter to the Uxbridge Gazette claimed at least four em­ploy­ees were fac­ing re­dun­dan­cies and all sup­port staff had been in­vited to re-ap­ply for their jobs.

The writer also claimed morale among teach­ing staff was low, with ‘a record nine teach­ers resigning’ and fears they would be re­placed by less ex­pe­ri­enced newly qual­i­fied teach­ers.

How­ever, head­teacher Dun­can Greig, who took over ear­lier this year, said the con­sul­ta­tion had only just started and no­body had been given no­tice of re­dun­dancy. He said it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment fur­ther on de­tails of the con­sul­ta­tion this stage.

“There’s a re­struc­tur­ing in process and the unions are in­volved but no­body has been given no­tice of re­dun­dancy. The

at con­sul­ta­tion’s not long started,” he told the Gazette.

“When the two schools amal­ga­mated there were two sup­port sys­tems in place. We’re now one pri­mary school and we need to make sure all our re­sources are eq­ui­tably dis­trib­uted across the whole school rather than hav­ing two sep­a­rate sys­tems run­ning in par­al­lel.”

Mr Greig also refuted the claim about res­ig­na­tions. He said a num­ber of em­ploy­ees were re­tir­ing at the end of the year and one was mov­ing abroad, but it was not ac­cu­rate to say nine teach­ers had re­signed.

The Break­s­pear School was rated ‘good’ fol­low­ing its last Of­sted in­spec­tion, which took place in De­cem­ber last year.

In­spec­tors praised then head teacher Philip Rut­ter for ‘work­ing hard’ to bring the in­fant and ju­nior schools to­gether so the ‘ethos of high ex­pec­ta­tions’ was con­sis­tent all years.


n JOBS RISK: Break­s­pear School, in Bushey Road, Ick­en­ham


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