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Principal sets the record straight

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

The Principal of Sarum Academy, Ruth Johnson, said today that she was disappointed by an “inaccurate and misleading local media report “ relating to the number of pupils on roll at her school.

Principal sets the record straight

Sarum Academy's Ruth Johnson

She said: “One local media report suggested that when the Academy opened in March 2010 we had 800 pupils on roll which then dropped to 625! The truth of the matter is that we opened with 690 pupils [110 fewer pupils than the report suggested], in September not March. Due to a very large year group leaving after the first year, the number did then go down to 625 but that is a very different drop to the number reported.”

Mrs Johnson said she was delighted with the continued interest for places at the Academy and was particularly encouraged by sixth form numbers. She also explained that staffing levels at the school remained healthy and proportionate: “Ratios of staff to pupils are a key priority for us, along with the wide and varied range of subjects on offer, and so initial staff levels were always going to be reviewed.”

She added: “Our sixth form figures, which weren’t quoted [in the said media report], are up from 70 to 100, which is a real vote of confidence.”

Bob Ainsworth, representing the National Union of Teachers at Sarum Academy, said: “The relationship between the local unions and the management here has been harmonious, positive and very helpful. We are working well together.

He added: “As far as Sarum Academy is concerned, things are moving forward.”


Sarum Academy website

Further information contact
Revd Rob Marshall, Media Advisor to the Diocese of Salisbury
07766 952113

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