UPDATED: Controversial Simon Langton Girls Grammar head teacher Jane Robinson RESIGNS - hunt begins for replacement
PUBLISHED: 16:39 13 March 2017
Head quits after months of controversy following aborted academisation plan
The head teacher of one of Kent’s top grammar schools has today resigned from her post following months of controversy claiming it had taken a toll on her “personal health and wellbeing”.
Staff at the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar in Canterbury were informed this morning she will be stepping down after nine years in charge.
It comes less than a year after a hugely controversial move to become an academy and team up with nearby Spires Academy were ditched amid a massive backlash from staff, parents and pupils.
Amid concerns over the reasons for the move, pupils staged a protest outside the school’s Old Dover Road site, staff threatened to walk out on strike, and a host of the school’s governors were forced to quit.
It resulted in an inquiry being launched by England’s former chief schools adjudicator Professor Ian Craig, on direction of the governing body.
In a statement to be issued to parents and pupils, Mrs Robinson said: “After nine years working here at Simon Langton Girls Grammar School as your head teacher, I have made the difficult decision to resign from my post as from April 30 2017. I have been under a great deal of pressure over the course of the past year with the ongoing public challenges to my professionalism and this has taken its toll on my personal health and wellbeing.
“I have spent some amazing years here at Langton Girls’ and thoroughly enjoyed working with some incredibly hard-working staff and students who I know will continue to go from strength to strength. I would particularly like to thank our brilliant leadership team for all that they do, and I know they will continue to support all staff and students to achieve their best with the full support of the governing body. I shall miss you all greatly, but will always have some very fond memories of my time at Langton Girls’.”
Keith Abbott, director of education, planning and access at Kent County Council added: “The independent investigation into complaints received from parents, staff and students by Kent County Council and Simon Langton Girls Grammar School has concluded. Following his review of the findings the chair of Governors considers that a number of actions should be put in place and the lessons learnt from the investigation report will aid the school in moving forward after the events of the past year. Kent County Council will continue to work closely with the governing body to aid this process.
“In addition Kent County Council is working with the governing body to support them in the recruitment process for a new headteacher following the resignation of Jane Robinson, announced today. Kent County Council will be supporting the governing body to ensure that there are robust interim leadership arrangements put in place until a new Headteacher is appointed. The Chair of Governors will inform parents of these arrangements in due course.”