John Reilly steps down as Gloucester Academy headteacher
JOHN Reilly has stepped down as headteacher of Gloucester Academy.
Gloucester Academy Trust announced the news yesterday citing poor exam results as the reason for his sudden departure.
He has gone with immediate effect after a two-year tenure at Gloucester Academy, which only opened its new £15million building, in Cotteswold Road, at the start of the school term.
Mr Reilly said: “It has been a genuine privilege to lead Gloucester Academy over these last two years and to see the students of the academy flourish and grow.
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“I could not have wished for a better job. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I was given to lead such a wonderful staff team and support such a wonderful community of students.”
Vincent McDonnell, a trustee of the Gloucester Academy Trust and managing director of Prospects, a lead sponsor of the school, said: “Although there was much to celebrate in this summer’s examination results, the overall standards at GCSE of five A* to C grades including English and maths was a great disappointment to us all.
“Over the course of the last few weeks, John has been giving consideration to these results and the future needs of the academy.
“Having reflected long and hard John has concluded that it is in the best interests of the academy that he step down from his role as headteacher.
“I would like to reassure the parents at this time. There is a stable team of senior team at the academy who will see us through this period.”
Experienced teachers Alan Armstrong and Trevor Davies have taken over in the meantime but Mr McDonnell added that he expects a full time replacement to be appointed in Easter 2014.
Paul McGee, chairman of governors at the academy, said: “The Trust will now start the process of recruiting a new headteacher.”
Ayleanah Bryan, 17, from Linden, studied there last year and said the school needed some stability for the pupils.
“I didn’t have much interaction with him to be honest, I don’t think any of the kids did apart from the ones who got in trouble,” she said.
“He seemed pretty good at his job from what I could see, although some of his rules were really strict, like we were only allowed minimal make-up for example.
“I think what the Academy needs now is a headteacher who is there for some time to give it that stability.”