Redundancies sought at High Tunstall school to save cash

High Tunstall College of Science
High Tunstall College of Science

REDUNDANCIES are being sought at a cash-strapped school as it aims to make around £150,000 of savings.

High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, is looking to cut its non-teaching staff numbers in a bid to save money.

High Tunstall College of Science head teacher Mark Tilling

High Tunstall College of Science head teacher Mark Tilling

This would include positions such as one-to-one staff, office workers and caretakers.

The move is to enable the school to balance the books in the year 2015 to 2016, as the budget for the next financial year has already been set and sorted.

And head teacher Mark Tilling has given the news to his staff and asked if any of them would consider taking voluntary redundancy.

Mr Tilling said: “High Tunstall is an improving College and one of our challenges during these times of austerity is setting a balanced budget as we move forward.

“High Tunstall also receives less funding per pupil than most secondary schools in the town and whilst we continue to strive for a fairer funding settlement we have to work within the resources we are allocated.

“As a result, the College is looking at all ways to reduce expenditure and non-teaching staff have been asked to consider whether they would be interested in taking voluntary redundancy.

“The savings we have to make are not immediate; they are part of a longer-term approach to reshape the workforce to ensure that we are fit for purpose moving into the next stage of our development.

“High Tunstall prides itself on promoting high aspirations and providing a quality education and decisions on our budget are always made in the best interests of our students.”