A COUNCILLOR who opposed the school’s switch to academy status has spoke of his sadness at possible job losses.
Coun John McCabe said: “Under the old regime, teachers retired or were replaced and there would be a handful of redundancies, but these proposed job losses are unprecedented.
“I warned the governors there could be problems with the budget.
“Academies are businesses and they have to balance their books.
“There has got to be a link between St Joseph’s moving to academy status and these proposed job losses.
“I feel really upset at people losing their jobs, particularly if this affects special educational needs staff.
“But I don’t believe the school understood the full implications of becoming an academy.”
Parent George Hunt, 49, of Parliament Street, Hebburn, whose daughter, Olivia, 13, is a pupil, said: “I would say most parents are totally unaware about the possible redundancies.
“St Joseph’s is still one of the best-achieving schools in the North East, with excellent staff, but if the school has to keep making redundancies, will that affect staff morale or standards?”