Familiar face in top job

Dayle Harrison, headteacher of Boundary Primary School will take over as head of Collegiate.
Dayle Harrison, headteacher of Boundary Primary School will take over as head of Collegiate.
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A FAMILIAR face will be taking over the reigns at a Blackpool high school from September.

Dayle Harrison, headteacher of Boundary Primary on Grange Park will take over the top job at Collegiate Sport College for two terms.

Cherry Ridgway, current head of the Blackpool Old Road School will step down at the end of the summer term.

But governors were keen to ensure Collegiate has strong leadership until a permanent replacement is appointed.

And Mr Harrison is looking forward to the new challenges. He said: “I’m hoping this two-term secondment will provide some excellent opportunities to develop even better partnerships between Collegiate and Boundary.

“I am very keen to continue Cherry’s excellent improvement work and know I’ll be assisted by staff, pupils, the wider school community and the local authority.

“It’s a very exciting time for both schools.”

Mr Harrison’s deputy headteacher Nicola Bunday will take over the reigns in his absence.

Cherry Ridgway, current Collegiate headteacher said: “Dayle is an outstanding leader who knows the area and community well. I‘m sure he will build on the many improvements at Collegiate over the past two years.

Coun Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “We’ve successfully found a very quick, local solution.

“Dayle is already aware of the issues the area faces, we feel he is the best equipped to continue the good job he has already done at Boundary, at Collegiate.

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