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Thursday, 24 April 2014

New heads appointed at failing west Cumbrian schools

Interim headteachers have been appointed to try and make dramatic improvements at two failing west Cumbrian schools.

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Lorrayne Hughes

Lorrayne Hughes, the newly appointed Executive Head for Southfield Technology College and Stainburn School and Science College, has made rapid moves to set up new leadership teams at the two sites.

A new interim head has been appointed for each school, and they will now work with Mrs Hughes to form a new partnership.

Sandy Todd takes up the post of Head of School at Southfield School, while David Dawes takes up the role at Stainburn School.

Mrs Todd was Deputy Headteacher at Caldew School and has considerable knowledge and understanding of implementing school improvement projects.

Mr Dawes is from the north east, and has already had experience in merging schools and creating a new academy.

Mrs Hughes said: “In the first instance the vital step is to restore calm and set the course for a brighter future. The appointment of Mrs Todd and Mr Dawes will help us to achieve this.”

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