Schools will share headteacher after link-up

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2012

Linda Grogan pictured with pupils presenting cards and gifts.

Linda Grogan pictured with pupils presenting cards and gifts.

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TWO schools will link up and share a headteacher from September in a bid to become more efficient and save money.

Winscombe Primary School headteacher Linda Grogan is set to step down after 14 years at the helm.

And instead of directly replacing her, the school will now forge bonds with nearby Sandford Primary School, whose headteacher Lin Williams will share the top role at both schools.

The move will see the schools become the third federated link in North Somerset, after Yatton Infant and Junior schools, and Hannah More Infant and Grove Junior schools in Nailsea.

Federation means that the schools will share one executive headteacher and one board of governors.

Otherwise, the schools will largely remain in their current form.

Winscombe’s chairman of governors Matt Johnson said the move would help both schools financially and organisationally, and would even allow the school to employ a new teacher.

He said: “We are trying this not because we have to, but because we want to.

“I think it’s exciting and we are in a very good position going forward and there is a great deal of optimism about how this will work.

“It will allow us to hire a new teacher. Previously we have had to have mixed-age classes as we could not afford another teacher, but now we will be able to have a seventh class.”

Paying tribute to Mrs Grogan, who has now retired, he said: “We have had a few events at the school to thank her for her dedication over the many years she has been here.

“There have been many changes in that time, and the school has improved and grown under her leadership.

“We have a nice modern facility with modern grounds. When she first came we still had the old temporary buildings so a lot has changed since then.”

Speaking of Mrs Williams, he said: “She is very capable and has been in education for many years.

“She spent a few years as a headteacher at a school in Africa, and she comes to us with a lot of experience.

“She also used to be year six and deputy headteacher at Winscombe before she moved to Sandford, so we are really welcoming her back.”

Consultation on the new system will start in September.


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