New head for Bure Valley – what do you think?

Just Regional
May 1, 2015 3 mins read

A new executive headteacher will take over at Bure Valley School in a month – and he is a familiar face to Aylsham people.

Aylsham High School head Duncan Spalding will take on the dual role of executive headteacher at both schools from June 1 as part of a partnership agreement.

Reaction across the town appears to be positive, with one parent saying she was “utterly delighted because it brings to an end a period of turmoil”.

The previous head at Bure Valley, John Starling, stood down in February. The school is the only one in Aylsham not to have achieved a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in recent years – it is currently rated as ‘requires improvement’. County head Doug Dale has been at the helm for some weeks now.

The new set up has been agreed by governors at both schools. All parents have been informed via a letter and invited to evening meetings later in the month.

Mr Spalding said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been approached by governor colleagues at Bure Valley School to help lead the school into the next crucial phase of its improvement journey.

“It is a tremendously exciting opportunity to harness the capacity of two schools for the benefit of all our children, our staff and our families.

“I am looking forward to working together in innovative and creative ways to ensure that we provide the very highest standards of education for all of our young people.

“Living in Aylsham as I do, with my children attending Aylsham schools, this is a new challenge that is particularly close to my heart.”

Samantha Dangerfield, chair of governors at Bure Valley, said: “This is a fantastic new chapter for all involved in achieving high quality education for the young people of Aylsham.”

And her counterpart at Aylsham High, Jenny Youngs, added: “Our governing body is very excited by the opportunities it opens up for the education of the young people of Aylsham.”

A Bure Valley parent who asked to remain anonymous said: “Everyone appears very pleased. It’s been a tough time for the school and this draws a line under that.

“The other schools in Aylsham are either good or outstanding and we obviously hope Bure Valley will reach that status under the new arrangement.”

When Mr Spalding is away from Aylsham High, director of learning Phil Brockington will deputise for him. Day to day at Bure Valley, Kathryn Burgess will become head of school, supported by Helen Pope and another newly appointed assistant head.

A meeting will be held at Bure Valley on May 13 at 7pm to allow parents to ask questions, and another at the High School at 7pm on May 20. The invitation is open to parents of children at the town’s infant schools.

Bure Valley School which will have a new Executive Headteacher

Bure Valley School which will have a new Executive Headteacher

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