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Ormiston Academies Trust scrap plans to cut jobs

Meridian Academy is one of four schools in Stoke-on-Trent run by Ormiston Academies Trust (Image: Google Street View)

A trust that runs four schools in Stoke-on-Trent says it will not proceed with proposals to reduce caretaking and maintenance jobs.

The Ormiston Academies Trust runs Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Horizon Academy, Packmoor Academy and Meridian Academy in the city.

UNISON had claimed 130 roles could be affected at sites across the country.

The Trust said it would carry out a consultation with staff and trade unions, which has now concluded.

A Trust spokesperson has said: "We have been pleased with the level of engagement with the consultation we opened last month. We were always clear that we wanted to hear the views of all interested parties and that no decisions had been made.

"As a result, we have decided not to proceed with the proposals.

“As a well-run and financially responsible organisation privileged to serve 29,000 pupils, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, we will continue to invest in school improvement, teaching and learning, and our wider team, while being as efficient as ever.”

UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s welcome news that the Ormiston trust has listened to staff and unions.

“The proposal to cut back on caretakers and other staff would have had a terrible impact on the health and safety of pupils and staff.

“We will continue to work with Ormiston to improve services without affecting children’s education by cutting jobs and resources.

“This decision sends a clear signal to those in government championing cuts and centralisation of support staff that the risks to pupils simply aren’t acceptable.”

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