POSH'S EX-SCHOOL AXES LESSONS IN STAFF CRISIS; Eighty Pupils Have Day Off

The Mirror (London, England), January 16, 2001 | Go to article overview

POSH'S EX-SCHOOL AXES LESSONS IN STAFF CRISIS; Eighty Pupils Have Day Off


Byline: RICHARD GARNER Education Correspondent

POSH Spice Victoria Beckham's old school was yesterday forced give pupils the day off because of teacher shortage.

Eighty youngsters missed lessons as its governors announced a four-day week for some children.

But last night extra staff were found to head off the crisis.

The sudden turnabout came as:

THOUSANDS of teachers from South Africa, Canada and Australasia continue to pour into Britain to plug teaching gaps.

LEADERS of the teachers' union NASUWT threatened to step up industrial action to force a showdown.

The troubled school is 940-pupil St Mary's High at Cheshunt, Herts. Posh was a pupil there until 1990.

Acting head Judith Reeve brought in emergency measures after 18 agencies were unable to fill her three vacancies.

It was decided that children aged 11 to 13 would miss a day every fortnight and others would miss four hours a week.

Mrs Reeve explained earlier: "It is with great reluctance that the governing body and management of the school have made this decision.

"However, the health and safety of pupils must be our priority. We are currently the equivalent of three teachers short, which has resulted in 58 lessons a week being uncovered. …

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