Letter: Did school cuts spark departure?

Sarah Pashley is moving on from her role as headteacher at Bridlington School to take on a new job as principal of Ron Dearing UTC in Hull.
Sarah Pashley is moving on from her role as headteacher at Bridlington School to take on a new job as principal of Ron Dearing UTC in Hull.

Re the Free Press report that Mrs Sarah Pashley, headteacher of Bridlington School, has decided to bring the curtain down on her seven-and-a-half years:

I see she is moving on to a brand new college in Hull which will be sponsored by high profile businesses.

Has Mrs Sarah Pashley made this decision, because she knows pupil funding to this new school which will be sponsored by businesses could be above what a pupil at Brid School will be funded?

Perhaps the headteacher has also based her decision on departing Bridlington School because Dr Mary Bousted of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers informs us of a new pupil funding formula from the Department of Education will leave schools getting less funding per pupil.

Dr Bousted warns that in the worst cases, pupil funding will be cut by more than £1,000 per pupil. Dr Bousted informs us that the average loss for each primary pupil will be £339 and £477 for every secondary pupil.

Headteachers will have to balance the books by withdrawing certain subjects off of the curriculum or reduce school hours or cut teaching staff.

Having now retired from a teacher training college I am fully aware of the increase of workload, pressure and great demand that has already been put on school heads and their teaching staff with the Schools Direct system, therefore less theory in the lecture room, OFSTED inspections and PGCE secondary English for students.

So along with poor pupil funding that has been a thorn in the side of every school in Brid for years now I do have sympathy with headteacher Sarah Pashley and all other members of staff in education in Brid schools.

Sarah Pashley must feel very proud of her students and herself and staff members of how together they have transformed Bridlington School into a place where students and staff look forward every day to exceptional standards of education.

I would like to wish Sarah Pashley every success in her new adventure of headteacher at her new school in Hull, but for me the challenge of taking an exceptional school like Bridlington onto further achievements would be far more attractive than a school that will be sponsored by high profile businesses.

Ernie Mackenzie

Gammons Lane

Watford