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Staff Redundancies At Barnsley School

Wednesday July 2 2014

A BARNSLEY secondary school is making up to 40 people redundant, including up to 18 teachers, in an effort to save about £1.8 million a year.

Eight teachers and four non-teaching staff have taken voluntary redundancy at Horizon Community College, which opened when Kingstone and Holgate merged in 2012.

But there will also be compulsory redundancies for 18 non-teaching staff and up to ten more teachers.

Principal Nick Bowen said it was unclear how many teachers would have to go, but that he would still be overstaffed by between five and ten teachers in September.

"I want to be very clear that we're overstaffed - it won't affect teaching or the day-to-day running of the school," he added.

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Reply Posted by Ai on Wednesday July 2 2014 at 14:28
This is the start to the latest experiment with Barnsley education-these academies were supposed to be the bees knees!! what we really have is further failing schools now there is a comparison to be had against previous pre joint efforts. The Local Authority made an embarrassing shambles for 40+ years, now the overpaid part time workers in the Academies are now failing our youth, what ever next-the mind boggles

Reply Posted by Daveyboy on Wednesday July 2 2014 at 20:24
Nick Bowen, says "We are overstaffed".......well why did you set them on in the first place.? If you are responsable for this, the you should be the first on the list to go, the words .....Brewey and ???? Up .....spring to mind.

Reply Posted by 4ft11andshrinking on Thursday July 3 2014 at 13:59
Got to agree with you Davy, how can a place like this become overstaffed?

Reply Posted by Alter ego on Thursday July 3 2014 at 22:34
Don't talk like a C..T Daveyboy. The reason why there's redundancies is because there are less students in the school than there were 2 years ago. The school is 400 students down at approx £5000 per student which equates to 2 million pound. Do the maths it's simple. Schools are not charities there an organisation, business like everyone else. Difficult decisions needed to be made, they've made them and unfortunately some staff will lose their job. It happens in every industry including other large co operate companies. From what I've heard some of the teachers need to go because all they do is moan like hell. Either put up or shut up and get on with it. As soon as redundancies are mentioned the moaners start running scared. Get them out I say and let the good teachers get on with what they're paid to do. I bet no one thanked Bowen for giving everyone a job in the first place when he could have easily got rid of some then.

Reply Posted by paul on Monday July 7 2014 at 08:31
" Schools are not charities there an organisation, business like everyone else. Difficult decisions needed to be made, they've made them and unfortunately some staff will lose their job. "

And there you have the problem in a nutshell.
As soon as you start running a school as a business the modus operandi is profit instead of pupils.

You are the C T, Child of Thatcher. Obsessed with the rhino.
Barnsley sure has changed when people pop up spewing her sort of vomit

Reply Posted by Smart azz on Monday July 7 2014 at 20:51
Alter ego is right they are not charities, as soon as the government started offering massive incentives for state schools to go private academies they were doomed. All of a sudden the money run out to give to schools to turn them into academies now were left with schools trying to make ends meet on very little money given to them by the government. There's always concern when redundancies have to be made but like alter says other industries have to make hard decisions it's no different in the education system.

Reply Posted by j on Friday July 4 2014 at 10:30
Is it me or is that £45k per person saving? Those teachers are so poorly paid and only work 6 month a year its criminal.

Reply Posted by Spam on Monday July 7 2014 at 20:53
Teachers deserve all they get it's an hard and stressful job they do. Most parents can't cope with their own kids for a couple of hours never mind 6 hours at school.

Reply Posted by ted rogers on Monday July 7 2014 at 11:54
Spot on Paul.
Its a disgrace Horizon...Same old faces getting the plaudits and to hell with the rest of them

Reply Posted by Totedrogers on Monday July 7 2014 at 20:53
321 lmao

Reply Posted by Gary on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 18:23
If the school is so over staffed, why are there always so many new teachers at the school? What happened to all the old staff? My daughter hardly knows any of the teachers at the school any more. It wasn't like that at Holgate.