BREAKING NEWS THURSDAY 3.50PM: Head quits Spalding Academy

Will Scott, head of Spalding Academy (formerly Sir John Gleed School), has left the school.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Will Scott, head of Spalding Academy (formerly Sir John Gleed School), has left the school. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Will Scott, head of Spalding Academy (formerly Sir John Gleed School), has left the school, Spalding Today can reveal.

A member of the school’s staff since 2006, Mr Scott’s departure was confirmed in a statement from South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) which took over the running of Spalding Academy on September 1.

It has not been an easy decision to make but I feel the time is right for me to leave and I have to make it clear the decision to leave the school is mine

Will Scott, former head of Spalding Academy (formerly Sir John Gleed School)

Mr Scott had been head of academy since taking over from Janet Daniels in January 2013 but in February, it was announced that Bourne Academy would be taking over the running of the secondary in Spalding and changing its name.

Laurence Reilly, head teacher of Bourne Academy, has become executive headteacher of both schools “with immediate effect”, according to the statement.

Mr Scott said: “I have made a decision to leave Spalding Academy from today.

“It has not been an easy decision to make but I feel the time is right for me to leave and I have to make it clear the decision to leave the school is mine.

“I have enjoyed my time working at both Gleed Boys and Sir John Gleed School since 2006 and there have been many changes during that time.

“I would like to thank the students, staff, parents and governors for all the support they have given me, particularly during my time as head teacher of Sir John Gleed School.

“There has been progress at the school over the past few years, although the improvement in student outcomes has been far slower than I had hoped for.

“I feel that Spalding Academy is now entering a new and exciting chapter and will hugely benefit from the recently introduced sponsorship by the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust.

“We have a huge responsibility to give these wonderful students the very best every single day - they just deserve it.

“I would like to wish the school every success for the future.”

The statement from SLAT continued: “To assist in the challenge of raising standards in both the Spalding and Bourne Academies, Mr Reilly will be assisted by the SLAT Deputy Executive Headteacher, Mrs Lucy Conley.

“Mr Reilly and Mrs Conley have worked together over the past eight years at Bourne Academy and have a proven track record of establishing and maintaining school improvement.

“In addition, the Trust has set up an Operational Rapid Improvement Team (ORIT) which will be responsible for delivering the Development Plan targets in both schools, with a particular focus at Spalding Academy of improving student outcomes.

“The latter is the biggest challenge at Spalding, with results of 31 per cent in 2014, 32 per cent in 2015 and 33 per cent in 2016 (in terms of the proportion of students gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics).

“The floor standard set by the Government is 40 per cent, whilst at Bourne Academy in 2016, 66 per cent achieved this level, with a cohort similar to that at the Sir John Gleed School.

“The students and staff have responded very positively to the significant changes that have already been introduced, i.e. in terms of the curriculum, behavioural systems, assessment and teaching methodology.

“The site is being made more secure by enclosing it with appropriate fencing and security gates, there has also been refurbishment of the reception area and main corridor, while students have also been allocated new playground areas to improve communication and support for them during morning breaks and lunchtimes.

Mr Reilly said: “I am very grateful for Mr Scott’s support during the transition from Sir John Gleed School to Spalding Academy.

“It was with regret that I accepted his resignation but I understand his reasoning and respect his decision.

“On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank him for his contribution to the Sir John Gleed School as head teacher.

“We all wish him well for the future.

“In the meantime, following an extremely positive start to the academic year, we are looking forward to working in partnership with the Spalding Academy community for the benefit of all the students who attend the school.

“Our aim will be to improve outcomes for students from 2017.”