PARENTS are demanding answers over the mysterious departure of a headteacher of an outstanding Northumberland first school.
Julie Logan was at Corbridge CoE First School for just 15 months when governors informed parents by letter in December she was to be replaced “for the immediate future” by another teacher.
Families with children returning for the new school term now want governors and the Newcastle Diocese, the organisation that oversees Church of England schools in the area, to explain publicly why Mrs Logan left and if she will be returning.
A parent who asked not to be named, said: “We are worried. To take a head- teacher out of a school we must assume that it’s something very serious, and it if is, we should have been told what it is.
“I don’t know whether it’s a clash or personalities, a clash of classes. Julie is a working-class Northern girl, the others are middle-class.”
Speculation over her departure also includes Mrs Logan’s defiance over the governors’ proposal to scrap school meals in July 2012.
It is understood she disagreed with chairman of governors and member of the school’s finance committee Ron Tipping’s decision to write to parents to tell them they needed to review school dinners to combat a £6,000 budget deficit.
The parent said: “We know that she told the finance committee not to send the letter out. She said all along they didn’t have to scrap school meals. She was proved right and they were wrong.
“She stood up for our children and we worry it has been taken out on her.”
Following a public meeting attended by more than 90 parents, Northumberland County Council agreed to underwrite the losses on the meals and the service has continued.
Jeremy Fitt, interim director of education for the Diocese of Newcastle, said: “Governors are following their formal procedures in relation to issues in the school.
“It’s not appropriate at this stage for any more information to be given.”
Another parent who didn’t want to reveal her name said: “This is somebody’s career and to do this is just completely wrong.
“I think it all stems from the school dinner fiasco and the bad decisions that were made.” A letter sent out to families before Christmas informed them that Lynne Johnston, headteacher of Wylam First School would continue to be in control of the school until the end of February.
She was brought in to run the school, which is judged to be outstanding by Ofsted, after the vice-chairman of the governors announced Mrs Logan would be replaced.