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Suspended Darwen primary school head leaves her post
A SUSPENDED primary school headteacher has left her post.
Michele Tracey, head at St Peter’s Primary School in Darwen, was suspended in June amid concerns over her leadership.
And parents were told this week she had left the Turncroft Road school permanently.
In a letter to parents, chairman of governers Peter Jackson said: “Following the suspension of the headteacher in June, we would like to advise you that Mrs Tracey has now left the position of headteacher at St Peter’s.
“The governers are now actively engaging in the process of appointing a new headteacher.
“The school will continue to be led by Mrs Weddle, supported by her staff and the governing body at this time.”
Marsh House councillor and PTFA member Tom Evans, whose eight-year-old son goes to the school, said: “It wasn’t really a surprise that she has left as once you are suspended you get the feeling your cards are marked.
“I still have no idea what the reasons were behind the suspension. Nothing seems to have changed since then and there certainly doesn’t seem to have been a resolution to any case against her.
“But of all the parents I have spoken to most were expecting her to resign after the suspension was announced.”
A spokesman for Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education said: “This decision is one that has been taken by Mrs Tracey in conjunction with the school governors. We wish Mrs Tracey all the best for the future.”
In June a letter was sent to parents from Mr Jackson that said: “Due to operational and leadership concerns raised with the governors, the headteacher has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The suspension is not in relation to a child protection, safeguarding or financial issue.
“School will continue to operate as normal and there will be no impact on children’s teaching and learning.”
Neither Mrs Tracey or acting headteacher Vicky Weddle could be contacted for comment.