Job cuts fear at academy


Teaching and support staff at a failing Doncaster Academy have been told that their jobs may be at risk following cuts to funding.

A period of consultation has started at Trinity Academy in Thorne affecting departments including PE, languages and science technicians.

Cuts are being made following a 30 per cent cut in Sixth Form funding from central Government.

A letter issued to staff states the savings required are thought to be 17.82 full time equivalent jobs -worth around £623,700.

Acting Principal David Page said: “We are consulting closely with staff and through those discussions have already identified possible voluntary redundancies and alternative working hours to minimise the effect of the cost savings we clearly have to make and to reduce the likelihood of any compulsory redundancies.”

Investment in the academy’s new Sixth Form centre remains unaffected by the cuts as it will be funded from reserves by sponsor, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

Mr Page added: “Our dedicated provision will allow us to grow our Sixth Form in terms of student numbers which, in turn, will safeguard more jobs in the future.”

The consultation period will end on May 7.

The news comes after the academy, formerly one of Doncaster’s highest achieving schools, was placed in special measures after being judged as “inadequate” following the latest Ofsted inspection in December.