February 2, 2018
Headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School to leave this summer

The headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week announced she is leaving the role this summer on health grounds.

Denise Hurr said in a statement on Friday: "I have decided to resign as Headteacher at King Alfred School from 31st August 2018 on health grounds."

"I have been struggling since summer 2017 with my health and hospital visits and have decided I need to fully recuperate."

"I will be going to work for The Priory Learning Trust, running the Teaching School Alliance, training the next generation of teachers to work in schools across the UK."

"It will be business as usual until my last day. The Priory Learning Trust will now work with Somerset Local Authority to recruit and appoint a new Principal for our school to start in September 2018."

She added: "I would like to thank our students and the community for their continued support."

Neville Coles, Executive Principal at of The Priory Learning Trust, said: "The Priory Learning Trust will be appointing in partnership with the IEB and alongside Somerset Local Authority, a new Principal at King Alfred School who will start in September 2018."

"Mrs Hurr will continue to lead the school between now and the end of the school year. From September 2018 Mrs Hurr will start to work within our Trust and as the Director of TPLT Teaching School Alliance. On behalf of everyone I thank Mrs Hurr for her service to the school."

Denise took on the role of headteacher in September 2014, as reported here at the time.

She has overseen the school over a busy and challenging few years, during which the time the school received a poor OFSTED inspection when it was labled 'Inadequate', as we reported here.

But King Alfred School is working closed with The Priory Learning Trust to improve and it recently was praised for its progress following a new OFSTED inspection monitoring visit.


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