Money is tight but new head sets sights high

6/9/2011'Sue Collings is the new headteacher at Tring School.'She is photographed with year seven pupils, from left, Connor Taylor, Tiffany Bryant and Ellie McKerrow all aged 11.
6/9/2011'Sue Collings is the new headteacher at Tring School.'She is photographed with year seven pupils, from left, Connor Taylor, Tiffany Bryant and Ellie McKerrow all aged 11.

THE new head at Tring School will be holding a series of talks with staff, governors and teachers about how to maintain the successful running of the school with its reduced budget.

This week Sue Collings takes the reins at the school that had an 80 per cent cut in capital funding used to maintain the building and is starting back with fewer classes and fewer teachers.

The former associate head at Princes Risborough School said: “There will be a number of conversations with staff, governors and parents about how to make sure what we are doing can be maintained and improved.”

School chiefs have already tackled the budget reductions by not replacing five teachers and five support staff who have left within the last year, leaving 190 staff for 1,500 students.

Mrs Collings said: “It is naturally disappointing that schools are facing these financial challenges. Fortunately the school has worked very hard to bring us into a balanced budget. I think this is a great achievement and I am delighted that the school is in this position.”

As the new head Mrs Collings plans to work with her staff to generate further income to develop learning opportunities.

She said: “In my 20 years of teaching I haven’t come across a school that has surplus money.

“Generating value for money with all activities is crucial and something I am very experienced at delivering.”

Curriculum development and making sure that young people are fit for the work force of the future are among her key goals.

She added: “It’s early days yet and I will work with the leadership curriculum teams, having debates about how these goals can be reached.”