Pledge for students at crisis hit-school

Bispham High School.
Bispham High School.
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TEACHERS at a crisis-hit school which has been rocked by the resignation of its headteacher and entire board of governors today pledged their continued commitment to pupils.

A member of staff at Bispham High School, which was placed under special measures by Ofsted inspectors after a damning report, has said teachers and staff have been left devastated by the bombshell resignations – but insisted they will support pupils throughout the upheaval..

The school is also at the centre of controversial plans to merge with Collegiate High School.

It is not yet clear what made headteacher Margaret Singleton step down, but the 12 governors resigned with immediate effect in protest to the merger proposals.

They have said stepping down was the only way they could represent the views of the community opposed to the merger.

One class teacher at the school, who The Gazette has agreed not to name, said: “[The resignations] will make a massive difference but we’re committed to the children and that’s what we’re focused on. The governors were completely committed but were left with no choice, they had to be true to the people they represent who were against the merger.

“It’s devastating for us really, we’ve tried hard to not let it affect [the school]. We don’t feel like we’re working in a failing school.”

Deputy headteacher John Topping has taken on the role of acting headteacher for the school in the interim.

He said: “This is understandably a concerning time for parents but I can assure them that everyone at the school is 100 per cent committed to improving standards. When pupils return from the Easter break it will very much be business as usual for them, these recent changes will see no disruption to their learning.

“I will be working closely with the local authority to tackle the areas of concern identified by Ofsted and will keep parents and pupils updated as the school goes through this period of change.”