A born and bred Blackpool teacher is to take over the headship at a South Shore school.
Jane Bailey is set to replace the current principal of South Shore Academy, formerly Palatine secondary school, as part of a staff restructure.
Chris Powell, who was headteacher then principal of the school on St Annes Road, has been promoted to head of assessment and data for Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET).
BFET took over running of the academy when it converted in January, moving it out of local authority control and working with a group of North West schools, but still funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
Ms Bailey grew up in Blackpool, also attending school in the resort, and said she is excited to take a leading role in the community she grew up in. She said: “I went to school in Blackpool so it’s an amazing experience to be back in my hometown.
“It’s very nostalgic and exciting and feels like I’m putting back into the community that, educationally, gave me a lot.”
She has been working in the school for 12 months already as consultant principal and has experience working in secondary schools in Manchester and London.
In the past year she has played a key part in improving the school’s attendances rates which have increased from 88 per cent up to 93.1 per cent.
Now she hopes to also improve lessons, learning and children’s behaviour.
She added: “I’ve had experience developing behavioural systems – that will continue to be a priority – and developing teaching and learning.”
The changing of the senior leadership team structure at South Shore Academy within months of it converting to academy status has raised some concern for union bosses. John Girdley, representative for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union for Women Teachers (NASUWT) said his union had had issues with Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET) in the past. He said: “I’m not suprised by this. We did fear BFET wouldn’t be the right match for Blackpool.” But new principal Mrs Bailey has said the move is nothing but a job promotion for her predecessor. She added: “Mr Powell has taken a promotion with BFET. If BFET wanted to get rid of someone they wouldn’t take them on their books to do something else.”