CHASE High School in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff could see its funding cut by £422,000 as a result of the Government’s new schools‘ funding arrangements.
This led to GMB, the union for school support staff, holding a meeting at Chase High School last week as support staff are faced with the prospect of redundancy because of the cuts in spending.
Daren Parmenter, GMB regional organiser explaining: "To have a school allocated nearly half a million pounds less for the next financial year is appalling.
"Schools are already running on the goodwill of staff with 73% of support staff working many hours for no extra pay and undertaking many job roles which are not part of their job description for no extra pay.
"Staff do this because of their amazing goodwill just to keep the school functioning to a good standard because they care about the children they work with.
"After speaking to teachers they have told me this school will not function to the standards it has experienced for many years. The support staff are a vital and integral part of our educational system and the pupils will be at a massive detriment without them.”
Southend Council have already expressed concerns over the expected cuts which could affect schools right across the borough.
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