‘Unrest’ at speed of school change

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CHANGES to an academy at Spalding’s Gleed schools may not happen until the next academic year.

Although the plan to move to the new status is still in the pipeline, concerns among staff about the pace of change at the schools, which are hoping to amalgamate in November, mean it has been put on hold for now.

Headteacher Janet Daniels said the schools will now concentrate on becoming co-educational before turning their attention back to academy status later this school year, or the next..

She said: “There was a feeling that moving to become an academy too soon was just endless change and it was causing unrest among staff.

“The process for the two schools to become one is quite complicated but we are still hopeful that it will happen on November 2 as planned.

“Then there will be a lot of reorganisation that needs to take place and only then, when the time is right, will we consider becoming an academy.”

The reorganisation could involve redeployment of staff and changes to the way the school’s buildings are used.

Mrs Daniels said: “We are hoping we will be able to make some savings. This could mean some job losses, but redundancies will be kept to a minimum.”

She added the new structure would probably be put to staff in December or January.

And she hoped all the changes would be in place by September 2012, so the new Sir John Gleed School feels like a new school for the start of the academic year.