Union has concerns about staff welfare at one of Northampton’s biggest schools - after reports of multiple resignations

Questions are being raised over the welfare of pupils at the Duston School after reports seveal had tendered resignations in recent weeks.

Questions are being raised over the welfare of pupils at the Duston School after reports seveal had tendered resignations in recent weeks.

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A national teaching union says it has concerns about the welfare of staff at the Duston School - after unconfirmed reports suggested several experienced teachers had left in recent weeks.

Northamptonshire division secretary for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Stuart Coe, says the organisation has received correspondence from members at the Berrywood Road school reporting a spate of resignations.

He said: “We have been informed that several members of staff, including some from the academy’s middle and senior leadership team, have left recently.”

He said: “If these figures are correct, then yes it would concern us.

“It would call into question the school’s capacity to deliver the best outcome for students.”

Mr Coe, also said the NUT has been made aware of a “reluctance” among school staff to take on Teaching and Learning Responsibilities (TLRs).

These are additional tasks teachers can sign up to within the school for pay bonuses.

“This raises further questions about the support and conditions for teachers at Duston more generally,” said Mr Coe.

He said the NUT plans to contact its members at the school to gather more information.

Furthermore, the Chronicle & Echo has received a letter purporting to be from the “staff of The Duston School,” alleging 45 members of staff have left in the past six months, which the undersigned claimed was 75 per cent of the overall staff.

Both the “outstanding” rated school and its governance have been contacted for comment, but neither returned calls.

The Duston School is part of The Duston Education Trust (TDET) and caters for pupils aged between four and 19.

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