Stop the cuts at Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley

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The Kemnal Academy Trust (TKAT) is proposing dramatic cuts to Thomas Bennett Community College in Crawley that include scrapping the position of head teacher and closing the 6th Form.  

The cuts, if carried out, could see up to 20% cut in leadership posts, up to 15% cut in teachers (5 posts all in the SEN department) and up to 32% cut in support staff.

Pupils with the greatest need could be hardest hit, with the Special Educational Needs Department being cut by up to 40% and the Education and Welfare Team who look after student well-being by 30%.

The proposals could also mean that from 2020 there would be no provision for pupils to stay at the school post-16.

TKAT say they have to make the cuts because of a growing deficit the school is facing.

The school, which was built under the discredited Private Finance Initiative, has to give £1m a year out of its £6m annual budget to the Dutch construction firm (BAM) who built the school.  In addition, the school has to pay TKAT £176k of its budget to administer the Trust.

The impact of these cuts is likely to be a drop in pupils applying to attend and real damage to education.

The National Education Union call upon TKAT to withdraw these proposed cuts and properly fund the school instead.