Head teacher to leave school

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Thomas Middlecott Academy head teacher Julia Polley has announced she will be leaving the academy to take up a new headship in Yorkshire.

Mrs Polley, who joined the Kirton school in 2013 and oversaw its conversion to academy status, is said to have laid the foundations for many of the school’s successes.

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust, praised Mrs Polley for the dedication and passion she has shown during her time at the school.

“Julia is a very popular member of Thomas Middlecott’s community,” she said. “She has worked tirelessly to lead the school through a very difficult period, and the academy is clearly in a stronger position for her endeavours.

“I would like to thank Julia for all she has achieved and, on behalf of everyone associated with the academy, wish her the very best for the future.”

In a letter to parents, Mrs Polley wrote: “I want to let you know that the decision to leave Thomas Middlecott has been very difficult.

“I will miss Thomas Middlecott greatly. Our students are a very special group of young people – I have no doubt that they will continue to do the school and our community proud.

“An opportunity, however, arose in a part of the country that is very special to me and, for many personal reasons, I felt that I could not turn that opportunity down.”

To ensure that the momentum building at Thomas Middlecott continues, the current deputy, Sue Illingworth, will be stepping up to become the interim head teacher.

To provide additional support, the David Ross Education Trust, of which the academy is part, will place the trust’s director of education, David Yates, and the executive headmaster of Skegness Grammar School, Simon Sprague, into the academy for a period of time each week.

Mrs Marshall added: “I have every confidence the new team will build on all the recent successes at Thomas Middlecott.”