Headteacher faces school role review

Collegiate acting headteacher Dayle Harrison who will not be continuing in his role this term.
Collegiate acting headteacher Dayle Harrison who will not be continuing in his role this term.
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A new headteacher was today in place at a Blackpool high school after parents were told his predecessor was “unable to continue” in his role.

Dayle Harrison, 44, acting headteacher at Collegiate High School, will not be attending the Blackpool Old Road school pending a review.

John Topping, acting headteacher at Bispham High School, has taken over temporarily with Debbie Catlow assuming his role at Bispham.

Parents of pupils at Collegiate yesterday received a letter informing them of the change.

In a letter, Mr Topping said: “I am writing to inform you that for the remainder of this term Mr Harrison is unable to continue acting as headteacher of Collegiate High School.

“As of yesterday I will be acting headteacher for Collegiate High School and Ms Debbie Hanlon Catlow will be acting headteacher for Bispham High School.

“These arrangements will support us in preparing for joining the two schools together and I look forward to working in partnership with our young people, parents and staff to ensure Collegiate and Bispham High Schools continue to deliver the best quality education.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council confirmed Mr Harrison had been temporarily replaced.

No further details have been revealed.

Mr Harrison was deputy headteacher at Revoe Primary School before being given the top job at Boundary Primary School in Grange Park in September 2004.

He proved to be hugely popular among the pupils and was widely heralded for his role in helping Boundary Primary get out of ‘Special Measures’ – where Government inspectors inspect the school every term amid concerns on teaching and learning.

Peter Collins, Chairman of Governors, said at the time Mr Harrisson had “changed the whole character of the school” while Ofsted praised his “relentless focus on improving standards.”

Council chiefs were so impressed with Mr Harrison, he was asked to take over as acting headteacher at Collegiate High in September 2012 after Cherry Ridgway stepped down.

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