PARENTS of children at a beleaguered Blackpool school have expressed their shock at the sudden resignations of the headteacher and governing body.
Margaret Singleton and 12 governors have resigned with immediate effect from their posts at Bispham High School.
The governors said their resignations are in protest at proposals to merge the school with Collegiate High School to create an academy.
They said their shock move was the best way they could support parents, pupils and members of the community opposed to the merger, claiming that had they stayed in their posts they would have been forced out anyway.
But some parents have said they are “gobsmacked” by the stance taken and now fear for their children’s futures at the Bispham Road school.
Janet Monkman, whose son Aaron attends the school, said: “I’m not happy one bit.
“I don’t really understand their reasons, I feel like they’ve abandoned the school – it was just a shock, they haven’t kept us updated.”
Pupils have expressed sadness at the news of Mrs Singleton’s departure, which was revealed in a letter delivered to families on Tuesday.
Aaron Parfitt, 13, of Dudley Avenue in Bispham, said: “I am not really happy at the moment. I am a bit upset about what this could mean for my GCSEs. We don’t know what has happened, this has come as a shock to me.”
But other parents have said they knew the governing bodies actions were on the cards in response to the merger.
Colin Brown, whose 15-year-old son Craig is a pupil at the school, said: “I was surprised to hear the head stepped down but the board of governors I knew were going to go. I’m disappointed, I thought they would have had more fight in them.
“I wish we could have done more but I do think it’s a show of support.”
Deputy headteacher John Topping has taken on the role of acting headteacher following the resignations.
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