School caretaker earns 50,000 a year which is DOUBLE the pay of a teacher


School caretaker earns 50,000 a year which is DOUBLE the pay of a teacher
Caretaker receives 38,000 basic pay topped up with extra paymentsHe has been on the same salary for the last FIVE yearsMP Douglas Carswell says Ravenscroft School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

By
Rob Cooper

PUBLISHED:

11:12 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 16 April 2013


High pay: Site manager Mr Wootton who was paid in excess of 50,000 by Ravenscroft School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

High pay: Site manager Mr Wootton who was paid in excess of 50,000 by Ravenscroft School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

A primary school caretaker is being paid 50,000 a year – which is nearly double many teachers' salaries.

The worker, identified as Mr Wootton, at Ravenscroft School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, received a basic package worth 38,000 which was topped up with an extra 14,500 for overtime and groundsman duties.

In contrast, primary school teachers in the area start on salaries of just over 25,000.

The staggering pay package was attacked today by the local MP Douglas Carswell who said the senior management need to 'get a grip'.

The school's budget for 2010-11 also
shows the caretaker's income was 13,000 more than what was being
allocated for special educational needs.

Mr Wootton joined the school 31 years ago after leaving the Royal Navy and has received the same basic pay for the last five years.

Governors are responsible for hiring the caretaker and deciding how much they should be paid.

Conservative MP Mr Carswell, who has worked as a governor at a neighbouring school, said it was unheard of for a caretaker to be paid so much.

'I think the senior management team need to get a grip. This money should be spent on special needs and maths teachers,' he said.

'There has been a weakness in senior management at the school for several years. This school is screaming out to be made into an academy.

'Most mums and dads will ask how can it
possibly be right that a large sum of money is going on a caretaker
rather than on raising standards or literacy.'

A spokesman for the school said today it
was cheaper to top up the caretaker's pay with additional payments to
do extra work rather than to bring in an outside contractor.

High pay: Ravenscroft Primary School was today attacked by local MP Douglas Carswell for paying their caretaker so much money

High pay: Ravenscroft Primary School was today attacked by local MP Douglas Carswell for paying their caretaker so much money

'The Site Manager has been in post at
the school since 1982. Since 2007 he has not received any pay increases,' he said.

'In addition to his basic pay the Site Manager also receives overtime
pay which incorporates delivery of the grounds contract and ICT support.

'It is better value for money for the Site Manager to provide this
service rather than using an external provider or employing more staff.'

A spokesman for Essex County Council said: 'The decision to appoint school staff and their associated salaries is made by individual school’s governing bodies.

'The governing body of Ravenscroft school has recently been replaced by an Interim Executive Board (IEB) as part of a programme of improvement developed by the County Council.

'Part of the remit of the IEB is to review current staffing costs established by the previous governors and a meeting has been planned to discuss this in April.'