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Trust confirms Skegness Academy headteacher ‘currently absent’ from school

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The trust which runs Skegness Academy has confirmed that the school’s headteacher is “currently absent”.

Greenwood Academies Trust gave no reason for the principal Jo Edwards’ temporary absence, but said that it hoped to provide reassurance that it was focused on raising standards and improving behaviour.

Peter Holyk, former principal of Nottingham Girls’ Academy, will provide “leadership support” for the academy during this period.

Jo Edwards was appointed as lead principal at Skegness Academy in September 2016.

However, the academy was placed in special measures this July following a damning Ofsted inspection, which heavily criticised the quality of teaching and effectiveness of the leadership and management team.

A Greenwood Academies Trust spokesperson said: “The principal is currently absent from the academy, but as a trust we have been able to call upon the expertise of one of our most experienced members of staff, Mr Peter Holyk, who will provide leadership support for the academy during this temporary absence.

“Peter is a superb and highly experienced school leader with a long-standing track record of success.

“In particular he was until recently the principal of Nottingham Girls’ Academy, also part of our trust and confirmed by Ofsted as again ‘Good’ in its most recent inspection.

“We would like to reassure parents, carers and staff, that we will continue to keep the focus of working on our two key priorities to raise standards and improve behaviour.”

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