BREAKING: New headteacher of Epworth Primary Academy announced

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The new headteacher of Epworth Primary Academy has been announced, around two weeks after the former head stepped down.

A spokesman for the Isle Education Trust, (IET), which has been running the school since 2014, have announced this afternoon that Kelly Crompton has been appointed as Julia Gallagher’s successor.`

“Isle Education Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Crompton as successor to Julia Gallagher as Principal at Epworth Primary Academy. Mrs Crompton will start shortly to ensure continuation of quality educational provision for all pupils at Epworth Primary Academy.”

It is not yet been revealed to the Bells exactly when Mrs Crompton will take up the position.

Julia Gallagher, who was the headteacher at the school for two years, resigned last month.

Mrs Gallagher took on the post in February 2014 - a year after the school, on Birchfield Road, was placed in special measures. Under her headship, the school was taken out of these measures last year.

A spokesman for the Isle Education Trust said at the time: “It is with great regret that Isle Education Trust received Mrs Gallagher’s resignation earlier in the month.

“She had led the school from its position post inspection of being in Special Measures to at it’s last inspection a ‘Good’ school. The curriculum development led by Mrs Gallagher has been of the highest possible order and leaves Epworth Primary Academy in a strong position to move forward.”

The Trust has refused to give the reason behind Mrs Gallagher’s resignation, but it comes at a time when the school is undergoing a restructure.

“As the Trust looks to grow, we have put in process, across all institutions, a consultation with staff in the areas of classroom support, IT support and estates to review these roles and responsibilities.

“In order to do this legally, IET has to operate in the same way as any other business organisation and has consulted with staff and their associated representatives.

“In order to be compliant, we have also had to issue notice of redundant roles. At this stage it is not envisaged by the Trust that any compulsory redundancies will be made. We would hope to have the process completed by mid June.”

A spokesman for Epworth Primary Academy said Mrs Gallagher was unwell and unable to comment at the time.