Berwick Academy head teacher resigns

Berwick Academy head teacher Alexis Widdowson has resigned with immediate effect.

Wednesday, 28th February 2018, 19:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th February 2018, 19:42 pm
Alexis Widdowson

A statement released on behalf of Berwick Academy’s governors said: ‘After five years as Principal at Berwick Academy, Ms Widdowson has requested to be released from her contract with immediate effect in order to pursue new education projects.

‘In supporting this request, chair of governors David Cairns, stated on behalf of governors their thanks for her hard work and dedication to the school.

‘In the short-term deputy head teacher Steve Wilkes will assume the role of acting head teacher until a suitable replacement can be found.’

The school was visited by Ofsted inspectors last month but the report is yet to be published.

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Inspectors assessed the progress of pupils, the quality of teaching and how the school deals with bullying and poor behaviour.

It was the first inspection since the school received a ‘requires improvement’ notice in October 2016.

The school has been in the ‘requires improvement’ category since 2013.

In December, calls for intervention were made by worried parents and local councillors at a public meeting.

The school also raised concerns about its long-term ability to deliver A-Levels if pupil numbers continue to fall.

Governors asked head teacher Alexis Widdowson to look at the various options available.

Fears for the financial viability of the school were one of the main reasons for the Morpeth-based Three Rivers Trust pulling out of a proposed multi-academy trust.