As you may
have heard in the media, all schools are currently having to make difficult
decisions regarding their budgets. The income that we receive from the
government for each student has reduced in recent years, especially for Sixth
Form students. At the same time, our costs are rising significantly, for
example increased national insurance contributions, local government pension
costs, the apprentice levy, and an additional charge for all schools in South
Gloucestershire to repay a deficit in the council’s education budget. We had
hoped that “national fairer funding” when introduced would relieve the mounting
financial pressures, but the indicated increase for MarlwoodSchool is insignificant, despite us being
located in one of the worst-funded authorities in the country under the current
financial position of Castle School Education Trust is currently secure, but we
are having to take difficult decisions in order to maintain that position.
Yesterday we initiated a consultation on staffing reductions, affecting some
leadership and support staff posts at The Castle School and Marlwood School.
This will be a challenging time for those colleagues who are directly affected,
as well as for teachers who work alongside them.
You may be
aware that Castle and Marlwood have shared some Sixth Form courses in recent
years, with some students travelling between sites in order to access courses.
We have decided that from September 2017, all courses for the new Year 12 from both
Castle and Marlwood schools will be co-located at our Gloucester Road site,
which will enable us to continue providing very high quality sixth form teaching
whilst reducing costs by not duplicating courses across two sites. Year 13 in September 2017 will continue to operate the same as they have in Year 12, eg using both Marlwood and Castle facilities.
YEAR 8 AND
9 OPTIONS EVENING
to all parents/carers who attended the Year 8 and 9 Options Evening last night.
was full of parents/carers who came to hear about the new Options Selection
from parents/carers was extremely positive.
To catch up with the news from Severn Beach Primary School you can follow the link below:
I am delighted to let you know that I have received
notification today from the Thornbury Rotary Club that following students from
Marlwood have been successful in their recent Photography Competition.
1st Prize - Freya Bigwood
2nd Prize - Georgina Lewis
3rd Prize - Oscar Knowles
These winners have then been put forward to the Young Photographer
District 1100 Competition ad after much deliberation from the judges I am
pleased to announce that Freya Bigwood won the senior age category for the
Well done to all students who took part and especially