School’s joy as sixth form jobs are saved
TWELVE jobs hanging in the balance following the closure of a Cleethorpes sixth form have been saved.
As reported, the sixth form shared between Lindsey School and Community Arts College and Matthew Humberstone School, had to close this summer.
However, Headteacher Diane Johnson said new posts for the centre’s 12 support staff – including teaching assistants and admin staff – had been created for them elsewhere within the school.
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The Lindsey School and Community Arts College, Cleethorpes.
A further two staff will be found jobs elsewhere within North East Lincolnshire.
She said: “Schools really need their support staff – they are crucial.
“As such I have been meeting with individual staff to reassure them.
“Twelve have moved roles. One teaching assistant, for example, has moved into a role to help children with their transition from primary schools up to Lindsey.
“We do have a teacher who performs this role, but one’s not enough. This assistant will work with the pupils – sometimes bringing them Lindsey – to help them in the move. Once they are pupils here they will work with them because they are a familiar face.
“She will be taking on this role from January 1.
“Another member of staff will be working on the healthy schools agenda, in all areas of our school such as PE as well as engaging with primary schools in the area.”
Meanwhile she said the school was modernising – while watching the purse strings.
A pool table and table football game have been donated by the Friends of Lindsey School, while the old 1960s furniture from the staff room has been replaced with new two-for-one Tesco furnishings.
Staff have also bought their own red rain macks for supervising the youngsters outside.
She added the changes all had the pupils ultimately in mind: “What we are trying to do is meet the needs of our children – at the end of the day they come first.”