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Penglais School to axe 17 posts in Aberystwyth

An Aberystwyth secondary school is cutting 17 jobs because of a budget shortfall.

Haydn Davey, head teacher of Penglais School, said seven teaching posts and 10 others would be lost, most likely through voluntary redundancy.

He said funding for secondary education was reducing because pupil numbers in the primary sector were falling.

Mr Davey announced 15 job losses at the school last year, which included five teaching posts.

Penglais has a total of 80 teachers and is one of two secondary schools in Aberystwyth.

Mr Davey said: "In total there will be a loss of seven full-time equivalent teaching posts plus 1.6 posts on salary transfer or secondment.

"There will also be a loss of 10 support staff posts spread throughout administration, technical, site, canteen, cleaning and cover team. It is unlikely that staffing for special education needs will be reduced.

"Negotiations to date have been very successful and there is every prospect that the matter can be resolved voluntarily."

He said the numbers of primary pupils would decline until 2016 and "we can expect this problem to continue in the secondary sector at the same time as central government reduces its spending".

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