Sheffield school plans for future as 25 teachers leave

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more than 20 teachers are leaving their posts at a Sheffield school at the end of this academic year.

The 25 will depart Sheffield Springs Academy at the end of the month and be replaced for the new school year in September.

The United Learning Trust-sponsored school – one of the first in Sheffield’s wave of academies – is also ‘in the process of finalising the appointment of a principal’.

Specialist leader of education Chris Mulqueen, who had been appointed to lead the academy permanently from September, is now not taking up the post because of ‘family circumstances’.

He was the third principal this academic year alone and the sixth in six years.

An Ofsted report earlier this year said leadership ‘instability’ has ‘substantially impaired’ long-term improvement at the academy since it was created in 2006.

An academy spokesman confirmed 25 teachers out of 180 staff, including some non-teaching employees, were leaving this year.

He said: “We will have a number of new teachers in the academy from September.

“We are pleased with the calibre of those who have been applying and those we have appointed. We therefore expect the academy to have a strong and committed team in place for the new term.”

A letter to parents said Mr Mulqueen was unable to join the academy, on Hurlfield Road, Arbourthorne, because of ‘personal and family circumstances’.

It said: “Mr Mulqueen has concluded family circumstances mean he will not now be able to take up the post of principal in September. Obviously it is disappointing.”

The letter from Jon Coles, trust chief executive, said ‘outstanding’ school leaders Tarun Kapur and Andy Griffin have been providing support and leadership on an interim basis,

He said: “I am committed to making sure there is strong leadership in the academy in the autumn and stable leadership for the long term.”

Today, an academy spokesman said: “The feedback we have received has been positive about the leadership and initiatives being put in place by Mr Kapur and Mr Griffin.

“We are in the process of finalising the appointment of a principal and will ensure a smooth transition in the leadership of the school.”