Search is on for new head at trou­bled town school

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A NEW prin­ci­pal is hoped to be­gin at Hinck­ley Parks Pri­mary School at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer term.

The Owls (Oadby, Wigston and Le­ices­ter­shire Schools) Trust is cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing for the post at the school in Le­ices­ter Road, with in­ter­views to take place in Novem­ber.

Pre­vi­ous head Cath Al­li­son left at the be­gin­ning of the aca­demic year, while the trust took over the school in Septem­ber.

Ed­u­ca­tion bosses at Hinck­ley Parks Pri­mary are hop­ing a new prin­ci­pal will start at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer term.

Peter Merry, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the trust, said: “A num­ber of po­ten­tial can­di­dates have taken the op­por­tu­nity to walk around the school.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion process is open un­til the end of October with in­ter­views set to take place on Novem­ber 16. Our aim is that the new prin­ci­pal will start at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer term.

“An act­ing head is cur­rently lead­ing the school. We’re feel­ing very pos­i­tive about the fu­ture and all staff are on board with that.

“We’re con­cen­trat­ing on mov­ing Hinck­ley Parks Pri­mary for­ward so that it can go from good to out­stand­ing.

“There’s no doubt the school has been through some chal­leng­ing times.”

Hinck­ley Parks was given a warn­ing no­tice by Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil ear­lier this year for its poor key stage one per­for­mance and a num­ber of par­ents had raised con­cerns about their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

A num­ber had also taken their chil­dren out of the school.

A lo­cal au­thor­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tion last year over con­cerns that se­nior staff mem­bers, in­clud­ing Mrs Al­li­son, were in­volved in the “pro­longed and sys­tem­atic bul­ly­ing” of fel­low staff found no ev­i­dence of de­lib­er­ate bul­ly­ing.

How­ever, it said re­la­tion­ships between se­nior man­age­ment needed to im­prove.

Mr Merry has pre­vi­ously said that the trust has an “ex­cel­lent track record of work­ing with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and all rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments and part­ners to im­prove ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards.”

Hinck­ley Parks Pri­mary changed its name from Hol­liers Walk last year and moved to a new site in the town.

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