Head quits after only two years at the top

Head quits after only two years at the top

THE headteacher of a top Kirklees school has stepped down after just two years at the helm.

Nathan Bulley’s spell as head of Heckmondwike Grammar is one of the shortest in the school’s history.

He was appointed before the start of the September term in 2016, joining from Harrogate Grammar School.

It is not yet clear why Mr Bulley resigned, but it is believed some members of staff were unhappy with his management style.

Mr Bulley, a father-of-three, wrote in a letter to parents on Monday: “It is with sadness that I have decided to step down from the post of headteacher. 

“I am leaving the school at a time when it is in a strong position, financially sound and with lots to look forward to in the future.

“During my time at Heckmondwike Grammar I have been struck by the dedicated students, whose motivation to succeed and do their best is impressive.

“I have enjoyed standing on the North Street entrance as the pupils enter the school and it has been a pleasure to get to know many of them.

“Your parental support for the school is very clear in the contributions made by parents in so many ways – from the Friends of HGS to the careers provision to attending performances, and so much more. 

“The staff at Heckmondwike Grammar are also superb in their own commitment to ensure the best possible futures for the young people, enabling them to flourish and thrive – your children are in the safest of hands.

“It has been a privilege to work at Heckmondwike Grammar and I wish all of you the very best for the future.”

Deputy head Peter Roberts, a former student, will lead the school in the meantime.

He said: “For the last two weeks of the December term, Mr Bulley was on paid leave by agreement. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure parents that the school is running to its usual very high standards.”

Heckmondwike has not been fully inspected by Ofsted officials since 2007 because it regularly received outstanding reports.

Last year it was crowned the best state-funded secondary school in Kirklees, according to the Real Schools Guide.

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