Headteacher chosen for proposed Gleed academy

Gleed Boys' School headteacher Geoff Cowley and Gleed Girls' Technology College headteacher Janet Daniels shake hands across the dividing fence when the merger was proposed in May. Photo TIM WILSON SG270511-125TW
Gleed Boys' School headteacher Geoff Cowley and Gleed Girls' Technology College headteacher Janet Daniels shake hands across the dividing fence when the merger was proposed in May. Photo TIM WILSON SG270511-125TW
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GOVERNORS have chosen Gleed Girls’ Technology College headteacher Janet Daniels to lead a new merged Gleed academy school in Spalding.

The girls’ and boys’ schools are hoping to merge from November and governors have selected the new girls’ head to lead the single school, should it be approved.

Gleed Boys’ School headteacher Geoff Cowley, who did not go for the job and will not have a role in the new school, praised Mrs Daniels as the best person for the job.

Mr Cowley said: “I think Janet is the right person to take the joint school forward.

“I think she will do a fantastic job and service the young people of Spalding extremely well. We are very lucky to have her here as a new headteacher.”

Should the academy plan be approved, Mr Cowley will leave the day before it opens. He is currently exploring other job opportunities.

He added: “The merger is absolutely the best thing for the school. I was appointed eight years ago and since then have been fighting for this to happen. It’s what I’ve strived for and it will be very fulfilling to have played a part in it.”

A consultation is underway with parents, pupils and staff regarding the merger, which is endorsed by the Department for Education.

The plan would see both schools keep their separate identities, but mixed sex lessons would be brought in for GCSE option classes to increase what the school can offer pupils. The long term aim is to put up new buildings on the site, when money is available from the Government.

Mrs Daniels said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the change on behalf of the two schools if the proposals come to fruition.

“Academy status will give both schools the ability to share facilities and staff, provide even more for children and enhance their development.

“What is most important is that these proposals aim to improve outcomes for children both now and in the future – otherwise we wouldn’t be doing it.”

David Fannin, chairman of selection panel of governors drawn from both schools, said: “The governors of both schools are delighted to announce this appointment. Janet has made a significant impact since she started at the girls’ last January and she is the right person to lead this development.

“We look forward to working with Janet and taking the schools forward. This is an exciting time for education in Spalding.”