Redundancy fears at St TheresaBy Victoria Corbett
April 02, 2009
Support staff and teaching assistants at a Wokingham school have facing redundancy because of a drop in funding.
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Easthampstead Road will receive £22,000 less from Wokingham Borough Council for staffing and day-to-day running costs in the next financial year.
The school, which will see its payout from the council decrease from £704,733 to £682,599, has written to all parents informing them staff are being consulted on redundancies.
A letter from headteacher Louise Adams reads: “We are very fortunate to have high quality teaching assistants and support staff working with the children.
“However, we are having to review every role and it is likely that there will be reduction in hours and redundancies.”
Chris Jones, head of universal services for children at the council, said the school had seen a drop in the number of pupils, which is why its budget has been reduced.
He said: “All primary schools in the borough have been allocated their budgets for 2009/10 and are in the process of reviewing, as they do each year, staffing levels for the next academic year.
“Any changes that are made by schools to their staffing structures are carried out after due consultation with staff and unions.”
Mrs Adams added: “The vast majority of the school’s budget pays for staffing, which enables us to provide high quality teaching and support staff.
“Our pupils’ education and wellbeing remains our top priority and we are committed to maintaining current standards, but fully recognise this is a very upsetting and unsettling time for our staff.”