Four heads at “inadequate” primary school in past six months

Stimpson Primary school.
Stimpson Primary school.

A primary school in Northampton which was rated “inadequate” by Ofsted last September has been led by four different headteachers in the past two terms, a new report has revealed.

Stimpson Avenue Primary School has been in special measures for the past six months and is set to became an academy, sponsored by the EMLC Trust, on April 1.

Following the “inadequate” Ofsted reports, which came four years after the school was rated “outstanding”, headteacher Iris McBrearty announced her retirement.

An Ofsted report written after a visit to the school last month revealed three different headteachers had led the school since Ms McBrearty left.

The report stated that Northamptonshire County Council appointed an interim acting headteacher for the autumn term of 2013 following a brief period when the deputy headteacher led the school.

As a result of the school agreeing to become an academy, the local authority and EMLC then appointed another interim acting headteacher who took up her position on January 1.

The new headteacher will serve until the end of the summer term so she will oversee the transition from the school to academy status. The school will be inspected by Ofsted again in the next three months.