Our Executive Headteacher, Caroline Poole, has been offered a seconded role as an OFSTED inspector for a period of up to two years.
School inspections is an area in which Caroline has been interested for several years; many of you will be aware that she has been working part-time for OFSTED for the past two years and this opportunity is a natural progression of that work. As such, the governing body of Peak Tor Federation are keen to provide whatever support we can to allow Caroline to accept this offer.
Her acceptance of the role will, of course, create a temporary vacancy that we will have to fill. Following discussions with and advice from both the Local Authority and the Diocese, the governors have decided to advertise for the seconded role of Executive Headteacher for the period during which Caroline will be away. This process has already begun and we hope to begin the process of shortlisting suitable candidates at the end of this month. Although we are at the very earliest stages of our search, initial enquiries make us hopeful that we will receive a strong response to our advertisement.
I must emphasise that the secondment role Caroline has been offered is, by its nature, temporary. She will continue to be available to offer support to whomever is selected to fill the Executive Head’s role if necessary.
Please rest assured also that the governing body is doing all it can to ensure a smooth transition to the seconded Executive Headteacher. This transition will not take place until after this year’s SATs and the teaching staff at both Rowsley and Stanton will remain the same as at present.
Chair of Governors – Peak Tor Federation
I am very grateful to the governing body who have agreed to my secondment to work with OFSTED. It has been a great privilege to be the Headteacher at Stanton-in-Peak for over ten years and then to have had the opportunity to lead Rowsley, and establish the federation, over the past three years. It has been a difficult decision to leave these two wonderful little schools, if only for a time, and I will do all that I can to support whoever is appointed for the period of my absence.
Both schools have well established teams who, I am confident, will uphold the values and vision of each school. I know that they will support my temporary successor and continue to work hard to ensure that the children of Rowsley and Stanton-in-Peak Schools receive the very best education possible.
Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have questions about this arrangement.