Headteacher announces resignation on health grounds
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 February 2018
A Somerset headteacher will step down at the end of the school year on health grounds.
King Alfred School’s Denise Hurr announced to parents and students she has resigned after struggling with illness since summer last year.
Mrs Hurr has been visiting hospital regularly and said it was time for her to ‘fully recuperate’.
In the school’s newsletter, she added: “I would like to thank our students and the community for their continued support.
“We are taking some really positive steps to becoming a brilliant school.
“It will be business as usual until I leave at the end of August.
“I am very sad to leave King Alfred at the end of my four years.”
Mrs Hurr took over running the Highbridge school in 2014 and has faced a number of challenges during her time as well as taking steps to improve the school’s ‘inadequate’ rating which it received last year.
However, it was recently praised by the education watchdog during a monitoring visit for ‘rapidly’ putting measures into place to improve its students’ outcomes.
Mrs Hurr added: “This has been a period of much change for the school, staff and community and I believe this summer’s GCSE and A-level results will show the progress we have made during this time.
“I will now continue to support the school on its rapid journey of improvement ready for the new headteacher to take over in September.”
The Priory Learning Trust, which runs Worle and Priory secondary schools, has been supporting King Alfred to bounce back from its poor rating since October last year with hopes to make it part of its trust permanently by October.
The trust will begin working with the Somerset County Council to recruit and appoint a new headteacher ahead of Mrs Hurr’s last day on August 31.
Executive principal of the trust, Neville Coles, said: “We want to thank Denise for her service to the school.
“We are very confident King Alfred has the potential to become one of the very best schools in the region.
“Recent progress has been good.”
Mrs Hurr has accepted a role to lead the trust’s Teaching School Alliance as its director to help train the teachers of the future.