Prestatyn school will strike on Thursday over redundancy threat


Dean Jones

TEACHERS at a Prestatyn school will strike tomorrow (Thursday) over a possible redundancy.

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said members at Bodnant Community School would strike over the governing body's decision look at cutting a teaching post, when they say there is ample funding to sustain current staffing levels.

Suzanne Nantcurvis, National Executive Member for North Wales, said the school's budget on March 31 shows £112,078 in surplus, higher than the minimum expected by the Welsh Government.

She said: "The governing body initially notified the teacher unions of their intention to cut two teaching posts at the school. Following a consultation process, the intention now is to cut one teaching post.

"The NASUWT asserts that when there is sufficient funding to maintain the most precious resource at the school, the teaching staff, then it is irresponsible to do otherwise.

"Figures were published by the governors which showed that if two teaching posts were cut, there would still be a surplus of £35,442 and if no redundancies were implemented, there would still be £48,776 held as a surplus balance.

"The NASUWT members are taking a principled stance and standing up for standards. The NASUWT does not accept the need for potential redundancy given the surplus rather than the deficit budget."

There are currently 489 children at the School, and 315 are set to be affected by the industrial action.

All six teachers from the infant side of the school will be on strike, while three from the 10 junior school teachers will also be taking action.

A Denbighshire Council spokesman said: "We note their intention to strike, however the governing body and headteacher are committed to keeping dialogue going with the NUT.

“As this is a matter relating to staffing, we feel it is inappropriate to discuss confidential matters publicly."

Despite the strike, some classes will still be running as normal and for further information contact the school on 01745 854724.


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