14 FEB 2018

Save jobs at Goodwin Academy, I've told ministers

I am putting pressure on schools ministers to confirm there will be no forced redundancies at Goodwin Academy. I met with Education Minister Lord Agnew and the Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington last month to express his concerns about the school's financial situation.

Following recent reports regarding the Goodwin Academy, I have now written to Lord Agnew and Mr Herrington seeking assurances. My letter says: "As you know, I raised my concerns over the Trust's financial situation when we met last month. I was reassured that the Goodwin Academy's staff and pupils would not be affected by the issues with the Trust.

"As such, I urge you to provide the Goodwin Academy with extra funding, so that no forced redundancies have to be made. We must continue to provide a good education to the pupils at the school – they must not be made to suffer."

I also held crunch talks with the SchoolsCompany Trust's interim chief executive Angela Barry last Friday (February 9th). I told Ms Barry that I was extremely concerned at reports that some jobs are at risk at the school. It is clearly unfair for hardworking staff to suffer through no fault of their own. They have done so much to drive the school forward over the past few years.

We must not forget how far the school has come, with £25 million of investment delivering a state-of-the-art new school building. Now there is a huge demand for places in Year 7. Goodwin Academy really is a school transformed. We must ensure we build on its success so far.


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