Boston Spa School redundancies

Boston Spa School.  7 dec 2005  strike
Boston Spa School. 7 dec 2005 strike

BOSTON Spa school is embarking on a consultation process with a view to staff redundancies.

Head teacher Christopher Walsh will liase with staff and governors over coming weeks, though the final amount of redundancies - and which departments they will come from - is yet to be decided.

It is expected that voluntary redundancies will be accepted, but there has been no decision taken on any compulsory cutbacks.

The school said that a number of students from the east Leeds area, who are bused in and out each morning and evening, are now taking up the provision of new education facilites that traditionally were unavailable to them.

Those students would usually attend Boston Spa school, but are now able to go closer to home.

The school added that birth rates were down over a number of years, leading to a potential downturn in new pupils. The redundancies were necessary, the school added, to meet a changing demographic among pupils.

And Mr Walsh this week said that there had been recent teacher recruitments in subjects including English and Maths.

He stressed that behaviour at the school was good - something picked up on in their latest Ofsted report - and that there were no budget overspends.

“Boston Spa is a good school which continues to improve,”Mr Walsh said.

“Our five A* - C GCSE results have increased from 53 to 92 per-cent over the last four years and we are working to build on this achievement,”

“To meet the demands of a changing demographic at the school - a trend seen across the country - we are adapting our staffing structure.

“A consultation is taking place regarding redundancies but we are also recruiting staff to subjects including English, maths, ICT and economics.

“We are pleased with the attitudes of our young people and Ofsted has judged their behaviour as good. We are committed to ensuring provision and standards continue to improve to help benefit every young person at the school.”

“Of course we care about our results, but this is not the whole of our mission. We care about the development of the whole person.

“We are looking to create opportunity, direction and purpose where young people leave us with a love of learning and the skill to progress that learning throughout their adult life.

“We work hard to create an environment where young people are safe, happy, and grow in self-confidence, thrive academically, and make the most of the many opportunities we offer.”