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Staff facing redundancies at South Derbyshire school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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UP to 15 jobs could be made redundant John Port School, following the announcement of a large-scale restructure at the site.

The Etwall high school is looking to save £700,000 with the move, which was announced to staff last week, in a bid to tackle a budget shortfall in the next year.

Head teacher Chris Sainsbury said the move would see a change in the way some school services were delivered to better fulfil the needs of the school.

He added: “I always intended to reorganise the staff structure at John Port School so that we can further improve the quality of education for all our young people. I now have to take into account a reduced budget. I have explained that we intend to consult widely and take a measured approach to ensure a fair and effective outcome.

“Education is entering difficult financial times and John Port School funding, along with other schools, will be affected.”

In a letter sent to staff, Mr Sainsbury said he had been hoping to implement the restructure over a longer period, but after seeing the budget for the coming year, it was necessary to move it forward.

John Port became an academy in April 2011, meaning it no longer received funding from Derbyshire County Council.

It received a £1.1 million windfall when it made the move, but is now facing a smaller budget.

There are 140 teaching staff and 120 support staff at John Port, which is the biggest secondary school in Derbyshire.

Mr Sainsbury said in the letter to staff: “It is anticipated that up to 15 staff roles could become redundant, but I would like to stress that we would like to avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible.”

A draft staffing structure is due to be presented to the school’s governing body on July 2, and will be shared with staff two days later.

A formal consultation will then be launched .

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