18 Staff “At Risk Of Redundancy” At Sandown Bay Academy

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Six teachers and 12 support staff are at risk of redundancy at Sandown Bay Academy, according to the Trust that runs it.

A consultation period ends on Thursday, says the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) which also runs Ryde Academy.

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However, AET insists it is doing what it can to avoid compulsory redundancy and it cites plunging pupil numbers and cuts to its budget among the challenges facing the school.

A spokesperson for the Trust told Isle of Wight Radio:

“A reorganisation of the staffing structure at Sandown Bay Academy is underway and is currently being shared among staff through a consultation process ending on 30 March. At the moment up to 18 staff are ‘at risk,’ although every available effort will be made to avoid compulsory redundancies through redeployment and voluntary redundancy. Of these 6 are teachers and 12 are support staff.


“At the time of the reorganisation of secondary education on the Island the school had approximately 2100 students, but this number has steadily fallen to a current roll of 1158. Next year a further reduction of 131 students is forecast, which will result in a reduced budget.

“Sandown Bay Academy is totally committed to deploy its staffing and resources as effectively as possible to provide the best possible education for its students, whilst managing its budget efficiently.

“Like many schools across the country the provision for children with special educational needs is being developed in the light of changes nationally and our commitment to every student with special needs at Sandown Bay is assured. We shall continue to improve and develop the service to these students, while ensuring the most efficient use of our resources.

“The reorganisation also creates an opportunity to improve areas of the staffing structure to better serve students needs, and this will be achieved in increased pastoral support for students and strengthening the senior leadership team.

“We fully appreciate and understand the anxieties that the restructuring is causing to those staff affected by the review and every possible measure will be taken to minimise the impact on them at a time of serious budgetary constraints.  However, the educational needs of the students are at the heart of everything that we do.”

AET also ran Freshwater’s now-closed Weston Academy. The primary closed in 2015 after the Trust cited falling pupil numbers and budget challenges, which it said made it impossible to make continued improvements for its pupils.

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