Staff at Dover school face redundancies due to rising 'costs and inflation'

Staff at a school in Kent are at risk of redundancy as part of a restructure to help keep its costs down. The Duke of York's Royal Military School in Dover says the funding it receives "is not keeping pace with school running costs and inflation" and has, therefore, led it to consult on a "reviewed restructure of its operation".

Those at the school believe the move will also help to "further improve" its offer to students and parents and "result in financial efficiencies". An anonymous source, who works at the school, told KentLive staff had received the news earlier this week.

Reasons for the restructuring, the worker claimed, were "underfunding and low enrolment figures since Covid in 2020". New evening staff had also been employed last year, they said, and those workers are now at risk too.

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The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a state boarding school with 500 students, half of which are from armed forces families. Its aim, according to its website, is to "provide an all-round education with an academic focus", and its motto is "looking forward with confidence and looking back with pride".

A spokesperson for the school said: "As a state academy, we receive funding from the DfE which nationally, is not keeping pace with school running costs and inflation. As a result, our school is consulting on a reviewed restructure of its operation which will not only result in financial efficiencies, but further improve the offer to our students and parents so that our Dukies continue to move onto stunning destinations through making great progress."

The school describes itself as "one of the highest-performing schools in England". And, while it is a non-selective school, it claims it is consistently performing significantly above the national average with its GCSE results.

A previous version of this article stated that a source has said that new evening staff had been employed at the school at the request of Ofsted. We have been asked to clarify that this is not correct according to the latest Ofsted report.

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