Teaching staff could be made redundant at Leeds school

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Eight teachers and three support staff could be facing redundancy at a Leeds school.

Royds School, in south Leeds, is reviewing the numbers of teaching staff because of changes to the curriculum and a fall in the number of pupils on the school’s roll.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands the reduction in the number of pupils could lead to an overall reduction in the school’s budget.

A new headteacher is set to join the school which was told by Ofsted inspectors last year that it needed to make further improvements.

The YEP understands an acting headteacher and executive head are currently in place but four assistant headteachers have left the school.

Executive headteacher Diane Reynard said: “Any decision to reduce staffing numbers is a difficult one, and only taken after much consideration and consultation.

“We are currently in a position where we must review our staffing numbers to take into account a fall in pupil numbers and curriculum needs.

“It has been over a year since our last visit from Ofsted and much has changed in that time.

“We are very excited to be welcoming our new head teacher Brian Kelly, after Easter, who is extremely enthusiastic and comes from a school with a proven track record of achieving fantastic results.

“We are confident that Mr Kelly is joining a strong leadership team which now has a greater focus on teaching and learning and student progress and will enable our students to achieve their maximum potential.”

The school, which is based in Oulton, was judged as needing further improvement after inspectors from the education watchdog visited the campus in November 2012.

Officials from Ofsted warned that senior leaders and governors had not taken sufficient action to tackle certain areas that needed improvement following a monitoring visit in February last year.

Officials wrote to the school to tell staff that they need “sharpen” their action plan after their visit.

However, Ms Reynard stressed that staff at the school have since drawn up an action plan in a bid to bring “swift improvements”.

And she said the school’s behaviour systems have also been re-designed to create and “improved learning environment”.

She added: “Since the last Ofsted inspection, we have established an action plan to bring about swift improvements and working very closely with other outstanding practitioners and schools to improve the number of good and outstanding teachers.

“The focus on learning in the sixth form is vastly improved.”

Andy Goulty, chief executive of Rodillian Multi-Academy Trust.

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