Howard Blindt said quitting after 15 years was the only way to ‘ease funding issues’ while keeping experienced staff
Howard Blindt has quit after 15 years at the helm of Gainford CofE in Teesdale saying it was his duty to highlight the budget crisis.
Headteacher Howard Blindt left his post to highlight government funding cuts at his school in County Durham
In the next four years, the 300-pupil primary could reportedly lose £53,045, or £680 per student.
The 54-year-old made the decision as Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards, praised the County Durham primary school for being in the top one per cent in England for their writing achievement.
Mr Blint, of Belmont, Durham, said the school was “a victim of our own success” and his resignation was the only way to “ease the funding issues at the school” while keeping experienced staff.
He said: “If I didn’t leave it looked likely that I would need to make more posts redundant in the school for the forthcoming year – we lost two teaching assistants in April 2017.
“It is less likely that this will recur in the following year.
“My decision allows the rest of the staffing to be maintained for now – it is not sufficient to appoint new posts.”
He will be succeeded by deputy headteacher, Chris Riley, who will take on the role on a lower pay point which has also allowed the school to hire a newly qualified teacher.
Mr Blindt said: “I hope that these savings will allow there to be a better level of provision for children at this school.”
Explaining his decision Mr Blindt told the Mirror: “It could help my tiny little part of the universe which is part of the bigger picture of underfunding in education.”
The headteacher has resigned because of funding pressures at Gainford C of E Primary, in County Durham
A Department for Education spokesman said more money is being invested in schools.
He said: “Fairer schools funding – backed by £1.3bn additional investment – will deliver the biggest improvement to the school funding system for well over a decade.
“It will mean an increase in the basic amount that every pupil will get, protected funding for those with high needs and will ensure every local authority is in a position to give schools a cash increase through the new formula.
“This means that, with teachers and schools across the country, we can continue to raise standards and give every child the best possible education, and the best opportunities for the future.”
Education Secretary Justine Greening performed a screeching U-turn on school funding last week after losing a month long battle with the Chancellor Philip Hammond.
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