Principals of Cliff Lane Primary and Castle Hill Junior schools to leave as part of academy staff shake-up

Castle Hill infants and junior school, Ipswich will be run by an executive principal

Castle Hill infants and junior school, Ipswich will be run by an executive principal - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Two principals of Ipswich schools will leave by the end of the term as part of a major senior staff shake-up, we can reveal.

Cliff Lane Primary School, Castle Hill Junior School and Castle Hill Infant School will all gain a joint executive principal due to a restructure by their academy sponsor Bright Tribe.

Jane Needle, principal of Cliff Lane Primary School, and Daniel Jones, principal of Castle Hill Junior School, will both leave the schools at the end of the autumn term.

From January next year, there will be one joint principal for the two Castle Hill schools – it has not been made clear if the infant school’s current principal Eileen Allpress will take on this role.

Current deputy principal Richard Benstock will be in charge of the every day running of Cliff Lane Primary School. The three schools, which were all taken on by Bright Tribe in December last year, will also gain two new assistant principals – Joanne Dedicoat and Lara Hunt.

In a letter to parents of Cliff Lane Primary School and seen by our reporters, the trust said the changes were being implemented in order to “deliver the best possible education for the children”.

The role of the executive principal has not yet been appointed and the letter states the vacancy had been advertised in order to fill the post by January 2016.

The letter continues: “We understand that the past few months have been a time of change, however we have in place a strong leadership team and together they will work to continue the school improvement journey we have begun.”

In March last year, Castle Hill Junior School was placed in special measures by Ofsted and Cliff Lane Primary School was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in October 2013.

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Bright Tribe declined to comment.

- The headline to this story previously stated the principal of Castle Hill Infant School was to leave but this was not correct. We apologise for this mistake.