Reassurance over staff departures at Linchfield Primary School

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A school is reassuring parents that education standards will not be affected by the departure of five teachers at the end of term.

Concerns have been raised by the news that five members of staff are leaving Linchfield Primary School in Deeping St James at the end of the Christmas term.

Two Year 4 teachers and two reception teachers are leaving while a Year 3 teacher is retiring.

Parents were notified of the changes in a letter and were told which teachers were leaving the school.

A meeting was held at the school in Crowson Way, last night to give people the chance to ask questions to headteacher Andy Fawkes and the school’s governing body.

The school is now looking to recruit. The closing date for applications is Friday.

It is hoped that the changes will be in place by November 29, with new members of staff ready to start for the new term in January.

In a statement to the Mercury, Mr Fawkes, who joined the school in the summer, said: “Although this seems like a major change, often staff do leave at the end of a term. Unfortunately, a number of factors have contributed to the number of vacancies which we currently have.

“However, we are not alone in this. There are currently more than 40 teaching jobs advertised across Lincolnshire.

“We have received far more expressions of interest than posts advertised.”

A parent, who did not want to be named, said their daughter was upset by the news that her teacher was leaving and was concerned that her education may be affected.

The parents said: “At my daughter’s age, she is in the foundations of her education and it doesn’t need disrupting.

“She is quite upset and so are other children.

“It’s all very concerning at the moment.”

Mr Fawkes added in his statement: “Linchfield Community Primary School does not use supply teachers, so we will not be getting supply teachers.

“We are confident that we can recruit good teachers, which our children deserve.

“The situation is being closely managed by the governing body and I. We are confident that we will have a full teaching team by November 29.

“Children’s education will not be adversely affected by these changes.”