School staff facing cost cutting measures

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 December 2010

Wyvern School

Wyvern School

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WORKERS at Wyvern Community School in Weston are undergoing consultation about plans to reduce staffing costs as the academy process moves forward.

The Mercury reported how the governing body needed to consider possible staffing reductions to ensure the school sticks to its budget allocation for the coming year.

North Somerset Council confirmed this week that workers at the school are in talks with both the governing body and the Cabot Learning Federation Trust, which is set to adopt the school as an academy.

A spokesman for the council said: “Consultation is underway with staff and trade unions at Wyvern School about arrangements for the new academy which opens on May 1.”

A report to the Children and Young People Policy and Scrutiny Panel earlier this month says staffing reductions are expected to be achieved through ‘turnover, redeployment, reducing fixed term contracts and fine tuning the leadership and management structure’ and it is not anticipated this will result in any redundancies.

However the report goes on to say that if a new staffing structure is approved and there is any ‘termination of employment’ after April 30 these costs should be funded by the Cabot Learning Federation.

When asked by the Mercury about staffing reductions, North Somerset Council would not reveal how much money needs to be saved and how many workers could be affected by any proposals aimed at shrinking these costs.

The council spokesman added: “Both the Governing Body of Wyvern Community School and the Cabot Learning Federation Trust, for economic, technical and organisation reasons, have needed to consult staff about measures in relation to the transferring of staff.

“Any discussions with individual members of staff are private to that individual.”

The authority has started the statutory process of closing the school on April 30 so it can reopen as Hans Price Academy the following day.

Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, the council’s executive member for children and young people’s services, has approved the publication of a public notice to close the Marchfields Way school.

People can now raise any objections or comments about the conversion and a final decision about the school’s closure is expected to be made by the council in February or March.

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