Revealed: the schools leaving Teachers’ Pension Scheme

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6th January 2020, 3:56pm

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Revealed: the schools leaving Teachers’ Pension Scheme

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Nearly 100 schools that are planning to leave the Teachers’ Pension Scheme have been named in a list seen by Tes.

Around 5,000 teachers could be removed from the TPS by their schools amid concerns over rising employer contribution costs, which increased by 43 per cent from September.

This has led to threats of strikes from teachers in independent schools which, unlike state schools, will not get any support from the government to cover the rises.


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Between September 2018 and November 2019, 97 schools notified the TPS of their intention to leave the scheme.

The 97 schools are listed in a response to a Freedom of Information request, provided by the Department for Education.

The list includes many small independent schools but also bigger institutions such as Plymouth College, which charges boarders more than £30,000 a year and lists Olympic diver Tom Daley, comedian Dawn French and former Labour leader Michael Foot among its alumni.

Also on the list is Wetherby School in London, where Prince Harry and Prince William spent their early school days at its Notting Hill site.

The NEU teaching union has said it knows of five more schools planning to leave the scheme, bringing the total to 102.

The union today warned schools considering leaving the scheme to be careful about what this could mean for teacher recruitment, saying it could put them on a “slippery slope”.

Here is the list in full:

Avenue House School Ltd The Croft Preparatory School  Plumtree School St Christopher’s School Arnold Lodge School Thetford Grammar School Foundation Witham Hall School Chepstow House School Falcons Preparatory School for Boys Falcons School for Girls Hilden Grange School Pembridge Hall School Portland Place School St Anthony’s School St Anthony’s School for Girls The Falcons School Wetherby Kensington  Wetherby Preparatory School Wetherby School Wetherby Senior School International School of London in Surrey Great Ballard School Ltd Abercorn School Limited Boundary Oak School Heathfield Knoll School  Brooke Priory School Heywood Preparatory School St Faiths at Ash School Hatherop Castle School St Edwards School St David’s Prep Mead School Cricklade Manor Prep Westonbirt School Westville House School Greenbank School Sunningdale School Highfield and Brookham Schools Rupert House School Plymouth College  Birchfield School The Firs School Rookwood School Trust Ltd Sandroyd School Marymount International School Twyford School Park School (Bournemouth) Ltd Claires Court Schools Prince’s Mead School Castle House School Trust Ltd St Edward’s School Redhill High School Dolphin School Luckley House School Limited Hanford School Cheam School Educational Trust Holme Grange School Scarborough College Wychwood School for Girls Rydes Hill Preparatory School St Peter’s School Sinclair House School Holmwood House School Ltd The Webber Independent School Ealing Independent College Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School Wandsworth Preparatory School Stoke College Horris Hill School Oswestry School Edenhurst School Sherborne House School Elmhurst School Bruern Abbey School The Hampshire School, Chelsea Sherfield School The Gesher School Farlington School Castle Court School Aldro School The Royal School Longridge Towers School Beaudesert Park School Trust Ltd St Margaret’s School (Hampstead) Ltd Cothill House Ashdown House Mowden Hall School Kitebrook House School Barfield School Dulwich Prep Cranbrook Steephill School Lockers Park Edge Grove White Trees Independent School Waverley School Salisbury Cathedral School The British School in the Netherlands

 

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