Headteacher leaves troubled Brid school

Hilderthorpe Infants School'Good Ofstead'PA0811-16'Head Sue Everson pictured with some of the pupils
Hilderthorpe Infants School'Good Ofstead'PA0811-16'Head Sue Everson pictured with some of the pupils

THE headteacher of a troubled Bridlington school which was placed into special measures this year has left.

A statement released by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the local education authority, said after a long career in headship, Sue Everson had decided to retire from her post as headteacher of Hilderthorpe Primary School at the end of October.

Hilderthorpe school Sign 'PA1128-12

Hilderthorpe school Sign 'PA1128-12

“As the school continues in special measures, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has decided to support the leadership by strengthening the role of executive head teacher, Leon Myers. He will take a very active role in ensuring the issues that caused Ofsted to judge the school to require additional support are addressed,” said a spokesperson.

Mr Myers is currently headteacher of Swinemoor Primary School, Beverley, and was put in place to oversee the school after Ofsted introduced special measure at Hilderthorpe.

Mrs Amanda Barnett, appointed as an additional deputy headteacher when special measures were introduced, has been appointed as acting head of school and will have day to day responsibility for the management of the school, under Mr Myers’ direction.

Mrs Barnett said: “Having worked here since September as an additional deputy, I am delighted to be taking on the role of acting head of school at Hilderthorpe Primary School.

“The executive head teacher and I will be driving the school quickly forward to ensure a safe, high quality education for all of our pupils.”

According to the council, a number of local authority staff from across a range of services will be working in and with the school to support progress and monitor the impact of the school’s actions.

Senior council staff and the governing body, strengthened by additional governors appointed by the local authority, will continue to monitor progress on a regular basis and ensure that the strategic direction is right.

Mike Furbank, head of improvement and learning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We would like to thank Sue for her long service and absolute commitment to the children and families in Bridlington.”

It is understood Ofsted inspectors have made a further visit to Hilderthorpe School and their latest report will be made public later this month.

Ofsted inspectors placed the school in special measures in July this year after a visit by inspectors in May led to a report which identified problems of racism, homophobic language and bullying.

The inspector, Lesley Clark also identfied other issues including bad behaviour, overall low attainment and poor attendance among a “significant minority” of pupils.

The school’s overall effectiveness was graded “inadequate”, as was its capacity for sustained improvement, while pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also given the lowest possible grade.

Only the Early Years Foundation Stage rose above the satisfactory level and was judged as “good” by inspectors.

At the time Mrs Everson said it was disappointin but changes had already been put in place.

After the school was placed in special measures, Andrew Dixon, chairman of governors, said he was “bitterly disappointed” at the decision and the head teacher and leadership team had worked extremely hard since September 2009 to amalgamate Hilderthorpe Primary and Infants schools into one school.