School’s reassurance after principal’s shock departure

Angie Lakey
Angie Lakey
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Parents of children at the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV) have been reassured it is ‘business as usual’ following the shock departure of principal David Howell.

Mr Howell resigned as the principal of the learning village – which is sponsored by education firm E-ACT – with immediate effect last Friday.

Angie Lakey, vice principal, is now leading the academy as acting principal and has reassured parents that education of pupils will not be affected by the sudden changes.

She said: “When David revealed that he had resigned on Friday it was a massive shock for everyone, but the reaction that we have had from the staff and the pupils has been absolutely fantastic.

“I want to assure parents that it is business as usual at the academy. My door is always open if anyone has any questions or concerns.”

Mr Howell served as principal of DSLV and the former Danetre School for a combined total of seven years.

Ms Lakey has been at the school for the past 14 years, having served under both Mr Howell and his predecessor Linda Brooks. She also formerly worked at Campion School in Bugbrooke.

She told the Daventry Express that she understood Mr Howell’s departure is due to personal reasons.”

She added: “It is now a huge honour to take on the role of principal at DSLV.

“I have been vice principal at DSLV for seven years and therefore know the staff, students, parents and community well.

“The academy has dedicated staff who work extremely hard and it is our aim that all students can be happy and successful and are prepared for employment or further education when they leave us.

Ms Lakey will be supported in her new role by Kelly McKay, who will work with the secondary site. Kathy Allen is to support the primary side of the academy.

Ms Lakey said: “While there has been a lot of changes at the school, we are not standing still.

“We will continue to work very hard to ensure that our students achieve the very highest results academically.

“I think one of the reasons why I have been asked to do this is because I know the school, the pupils and the local community really well.

“I think that is why E-ACT has made the appointment so that there is a sense of continuity with the previous regime.

“It is also probably why we have not had a lot of reaction from parents.

“There was an open session where E-ACT were on hand to answer questions and there was only a handful of parents that turned up.”

Plans to appoint a permanent replacement for Mr Howell are under way with adverts for the role already placed.

It is hoped the successor will be in position by Easter.

Ms Lakey said: “It is a fantastic school with great staff and students.

“I will be here to make sure that they continue to make good progress during their time at the academy.”

A spokesman for E-ACT said: “E-ACT can confirm there has been a change of leadership at DSLV. David Howell has resigned from his role as principal.

“Staff, parents and pupils have been informed of the change.

“We thank David for his seven years of leadership at the academy and wish him the best.”