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Headteacher leaves failing school
12:29pm Wednesday 4th June 2014 in News
THE headteacher of a Teesside school has left following a poor Ofsted report.
Janet Wilson asked to leave her job as leader of Ian Ramsey Church of England School, in Stockton, which is currently undergoing a management restructure.
It has been announced that plans are in place for the school to become an academy, which will mean it will leave local authority control, if the Department for Education approves the move.
The school was placed in special measures after Ofsted said the school was “inadequate” last month. It was previously rated “good” in the preceding two Ofsted reports.
A new school building is being constructed in the school grounds, which will open in September, and it is hoped the new building and academy status would provide a fresh impetus for the school.
The school’s GCSE results were above the national average but Ofsted inspectors said, despite that, teaching was inadequate and expectations of pupils too low.
It is expected that the school's poor Ofsted report will make the transition from a local authority school to an academy easier.
A joint statement issued by the chairman of governors of Ian Ramsey CE School, Reverend David Brooke and the chairman of governors of Venerable Bede CE Academy, in Sunderland, The Venerable Stuart Bain, said: “We are pleased to announce the proposed conversion of Ian Ramsey Church of England School to an academy within a multi-academy trust, in which The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy will be the lead partner.
“Consequently there will need to be a restructuring of leadership arrangements for the new trust under an executive headteacher.
"In the light of this, Janet Wilson has asked to be released from her contract as headteacher at Ian Ramsey Church of England School with effect from the May half term.
"We thank her for her leadership of Ian Ramsey since April 2010 in a time of unprecedented change in education, during which time we have secured a brand new school building which will come into use in September. We wish Mrs Wilson every success in the future.
“For the remainder of this term, Gill Booth has been appointed as acting headteacher for Ian Ramsey Church of England School. Mrs Booth is headteacher of The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy.
“The academy proposal is subject to approval by the Department for Education and will be the subject of consultation.”
Stockton Borough Council and the Church of England Durham diocese are working together on an action plan to quickly improve standards at the school, which Ofsted are examining as part of the special measures programme. The Venerable Bede Academy was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its most recent report.
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