Headteachers leaves Daventry schools

MHDE-04-02-11-HEADTEACHER-FEB04-03'New headteacher Andrea Crellin at Southbrook Infant School.
MHDE-04-02-11-HEADTEACHER-FEB04-03'New headteacher Andrea Crellin at Southbrook Infant School.

IT is all change at the top at two primary schools in Daventry with the departure of their headteachers.

Parents of pupils at Southbrook Infant School were informed last week that head Andrea Crellin had stepped down from her role.

Miss Crellin, who has been in the top job at the school since January last year, has been replaced by the current headteacher at the neighbouring junior school Nick Atherton.

He remains in charge of the junior school and has become vice principal of the recently created Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village which includes all three schools on the Southbrook estate.

Miss Crellin’s departure comes as part of a series of changes in the learning village’s first year as an academy.

The principal of the learning village David Howell said: “It has been part of the reorganisation of the school that Miss Crellin has left and it was a mutual decision.”

She went at the end of the Easter term and Mr Howell hopes the schools can now move forward.

He added: “I am delighted that Mr Atherton, who has achieved good results with the junior school will be in charge of the primary education in the learning village and making sure that the children in key stage two achieve the very best results possible.”

The school’s last two Ofsted results have both been satisfactory and a recent monitoring visit from the government body said they were making good progress.

Also leaving, after 14 years as headteacher at the Abbey Junior School, is Mike Prince who has retired. He left at Easter and deputy head Liza Davies has taken on the tole of acting headteacher.

She said: “He did not want to make a fuss but we are all tremendously sad to see him go, he has worked very hard for this school.

“He was mulling over the decision to retire but when he announced it everybody was very supportive and wish him well for the future.