STAFF at Northwood School are facing redundancies because of falling pupil numbers.

The school in Potter Street, Northwood Hills, has seen a huge drop in student intake in the last three years because of other schools in the nearby area receiving outstanding Ofsted reports.

The headteacher, Tin Westrip, said: "There are some staff redundancies planned at, many of which will be met through vacant posts, redeployment, retirement and promotion.

"We are working closely with the governing body and Hillingdon Council to ensure staff are kept fully informed during this process and that the education of young people that attend the school remains unaffected. "Consultation for all the affected posts will run for one month from January 12 until February 11."

Chris Spencer, director of education and children's services at the council, said: "We are working closely with the staff at Northwood School to help find alternative employment in schools across the borough before redundancy is considered as an option. Therefore, at this stage we are unaware of the exact number of posts being made redundant.

"Northwood School is in an area where there are fewer pupils requiring places and where there are other schools in close proximity of one another that have outstanding Ofsted inspection reports. These factors have led to the decline in popularity and pupil numbers at Northwood school."

In September 2006 the school had an intake of 80 pupils into Year 7, but last year that number fell to just 52.

The school's results have also fallen with 33 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* - C GCSEs in 2007 compared to just 22 per cent last year. The average points per student in A Levels also dropped from 685 to 665.8.

The school's assistant headteacher said: "The school is putting in a wide range of measures to improve its exam results. This includes greater focus on individual monitoring and mentoring of students in years 7 to 11 to tailor individual targets and provide greater teaching support in the core subjects English, Maths and Science.

"Throughout the school, our main focus is on learning and teaching. In addition, we are working with other organisations and agencies to improve attainment."

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