Teaching assistants face the axe from Sheffield academy

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Support staff who helped to turn around the fortunes of a Sheffield school are facing the axe.

Sheffield Park Academy has today launched consultation on a re-structure which would see 33 teaching assistants, receptionists and other employees lose their jobs. Dismissal notices could be served by April 1.

This comes just months after the struggling school - run by the United Learning Trust - celebrated its best ever GCSE results after years of below-average results.

Headteacher Craig Dillon claims the academy is currently ‘overstaffed’.

Union GMB is recommending strike action over proposals.

Sheffield branch leader Peter Davies said: “They’ve tried to keep this quiet and come out with this re-structure. Rather than congratulating staff for their hard work this is the thanks they get.”

-See tomorrow’s Star for the full report.