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Shock head resignation leaves Burton academy stunned

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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PARENTS and children have been left reeling following the shock resignation of the head teacher of a Burton academy.

Teachers at Anglesey Primary Academy, in Clarence Street, Burton, were also shocked to learn that Helen Coulthard had decided to leave after more than three years in the role.

Governors and senior teachers at the school revealed that they were now all pulling together in a bid to ‘move forward at this difficult time’.

Mrs Coulthard said: “I’ve had a wonderful three years and one term at Anglesey and have taken my part in developing a school that has changed and grown considerably.

“I love this school and all our children and staff but have decided that it is time for a new leader to move the school to its next stage.

“I will therefore be stepping down as principal with effect from January 31.

“Everyone will be working closely with staff and governors to ensure that the school quickly moves forward at this difficult time.

“I have loved my time at Anglesey and have enjoyed working will you all.

“I am absolutely confident that the school will move forward to provide the best possible education for all our children.

“I wish you all the best for the future.”

Phil Crathorne, chairman of governors at the school, said: “With great sadness, we have accepted Mrs Coulthard’s request and she finished on Friday.

“The governing body have met, together with Tonwen Empson, primary improvement manager from the Academies Enterprise Trust, to discuss the way forward.

“A meeting for parents will be arranged shortly.”

The Mail understands that an interim head teacher is in place and candidates may already be being lined up.

This comes after the Mail previously reported that a visit by education watchdogs Ofsted last year highlighted poor teaching standards and incidents of racism and bullying.

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