Parents shocked as head resigns

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A primary school has been rocked by the resignation of its headteacher, leaving the under-performing school to find a replacement.

In a letter to parents and pupils, Hadleigh Community Primary School headteacher Neil Jackson said he would be leaving “after a great deal of soul searching”.

He said the decision had not been an easy one, describing the school as fantastic with “wonderful, talented children, inspirational staff, supportive parents and proactive, challenging governors”.

Explaining his decision, Mr Jackson said: “The role of a headteacher in modern Britain is completely different to what it was and I constantly find myself frustrated by having to tick boxes and jump through hoops for a faceless government which does not understand what providing wonderful, creative learning opportunities for children is all about.

“While our Ofsted inspection was not the only reason for my decision, it certainly made me realise that, irrespective of which government is in power, schools are solely judged by children’s progress and that headteachers in particular will be constrained with regard to what they can and can’t do.”