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TKAT CEO responds to concerns over Thomas Bennett Community College proposed cuts

CEO of TKAT Dr Karen Roberts pens response following Council Leaders emailed concerns.



The CEO of TKAT has responded after Crawley Borough Council Leader Peter Lamb sent a strong email citing serious concerns over proposed cuts to Thomas Bennett Community College.

In his email which Cllr Lamb posted a copy of on twitter he said:

“The challenging financial situation faced by schools in Crawley is well-understood by the local  community and I know all too well the tough decisions which are being forced upon every public sector organisation, including my own.

Before adding:

“I would urge you to do everything within your power to ensure that cuts to the frontline provision are a final step and kept to the absolute minimum.”

TKAT CEO Dr Karen Roberts has been fast to respond and speaking to CN24 in a statement said:

“During the consultation period over the restructure at Thomas Bennett Community College, any feedback from the local community is valued and the concerns raised by Cllr Lamb will be taken into account. The restructure was not a decision taken lightly, and we are doing everything in our power to ensure we come to the best possible resolution.

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Our priority, as always, is both to ensure high standards of education are maintained and that we are doing our utmost to support all members of staff. This means identifying roles within The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), conversations with other local schools who may be looking for staff and working directly with agencies that can help find other opportunities if needed.

As noted to Cllr Lamb in my response, we would encourage anyone else with concerns to speak to us.

However, while the consultation is ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment any further on possible plans.”

With so much dependant on the consultation it is now more paramount than ever that residents, parents and anyone concerned voice their concerns directly to TKAT.

If you would like to add any concern you can contact TKAT directly through their website at 


Crawley school joins thousands across the country as they floss for funding

Pupils and teachers have come together to raise awareness of cuts.



The flossing craze is not dead just yet.

Pupils and staff at St Wilfrid’s have joined thousands of others across the country in a bid to raise awareness of cuts that the schools say are crippling them.

The nationwide action was organised by Fair Funding for All Schools and Save Our Schools and it aims to raise as much awareness as possible to the plight of funding cuts.

Watch St Wilfrid’s floss below:

It comes just 3 weeks after thousands of head teachers marched in Westminster about the funding issue.

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