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Jobs at risk at Burnley high school

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A Burnley school which is less than half full has announced five prospective job losses - including an assistant headteacher.

Education inspectors also declared late last year that Hameldon Community College had ‘serious weaknesses’ - the third time in six years failings had been identified there.

And now voluntary redundancies are being sought at the Coal Clough Lane school, to plug a financial gap.

Angry teachers have contacted the Lancashire Telegraph, claiming that the job losses are down to falling pupil numbers and a ‘massive deficit’.

A Hameldon spokesman said: “Unfortunately owing to falling numbers on the school roll and other financial issues, we have asked staff to consider whether they would be interested in taking voluntary redundancy."

Headteacher Gill Broom said last November that she was ‘disappointed’ by Ofsted’s decision to cite the school as ‘needing improvement’, after areas of ‘outstanding’ teaching were pinpointed.

An action plan drawn up by Hameldon leaders and county education experts was also reported to be ‘robust’, by an Ofsted inspector last February.

But the school, formed by the merger of Habergham and Ivy Bank high schools, has been dogged by controversy since it was opened in September 2006.

Parents were disturbed to learn that police had been called to the premises nearly 20 times in its opening five weeks, dealing with at least five assaults and six incidents of rowdy behaviour.

Ofsted inspectors placed the school in ‘special measure’s before the first school year was out but Hameldon battled back.

However the school was then given a ‘notice to improve’ in July 2011, before the ‘inadequate’ rating of last year.

The current site at Coal Clough Lane was established with a reduced 750-strong capacity, but pupil numbers have been around 340.

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7:54pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Brian Brock says...

5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news.
When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph?
5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news. When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph? Brian Brock
  • Score: 12

9:42pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Graham Hartley says...

Brian Brock wrote:
5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news.
When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph?
Are there at least thirty-five teachers employed at LT?
[quote][p][bold]Brian Brock[/bold] wrote: 5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news. When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph?[/p][/quote]Are there at least thirty-five teachers employed at LT? Graham Hartley
  • Score: -4

11:59am Mon 30 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Brian Brock wrote:
5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news.
When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph?
Are there at least thirty-five teachers employed at LT?
Don't tell me that you didn't notice, when the English teacher left?
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brian Brock[/bold] wrote: 5 jobs may be lost - that's bad news. When are you going to report the 35 jobs that are being axed at the Lancashire Telegraph?[/p][/quote]Are there at least thirty-five teachers employed at LT?[/p][/quote]Don't tell me that you didn't notice, when the English teacher left? woolywords
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14

sharonAccy says...

If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools.
If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools. sharonAccy
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Owd Akela says...

1:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14
sharonAccy says...

If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools.

I agree as this would leave more places for Accrington school children. Burnley should build its own C of E High School
1:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14 sharonAccy says... If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools. I agree as this would leave more places for Accrington school children. Burnley should build its own C of E High School Owd Akela
  • Score: 1

9:10pm Mon 30 Jun 14

GetGove says...

If it's the third time in six years Ofsted has found failings, why on earth is the head still there?
If it's the third time in six years Ofsted has found failings, why on earth is the head still there? GetGove
  • Score: 6

10:06pm Mon 30 Jun 14

kateash says...

sharonAccy wrote:
If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools.
Parents who want the best for their children will look to send them to quality schools such as St Christopher's. Why would I want to send my child to a failing school ?
[quote][p][bold]sharonAccy[/bold] wrote: If parents didnt try sending their kids to schools such as St Christophers in Accrington, maybe they would fill the schools.[/p][/quote]Parents who want the best for their children will look to send them to quality schools such as St Christopher's. Why would I want to send my child to a failing school ? kateash
  • Score: 1
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