THE headteacher of an “outstanding” Northumberland first school has left her post “for the immediate future”.
Julie Logan, head of Corbridge C of E First School, has been replaced just 15 months after taking over.
Governors informed parents by letter last week that Wylam First School headteacher Lynne Johnston has assumed control in her place.
Governors at the school – rated “outstanding” by Ofsted in the latest report three years ago – were staying tight-lipped last night.
However, Northumberland County Council confirmed the switch in an official statement.
It said: “The vice-chair of governors at Corbridge First School sent a letter out to parents stating that the headteacher will not be present at school for the immediate future.
“In the meantime, Lynne Johnston, the headteacher of Wylam First School, will be going into Corbridge First School to oversee the running of the school.” Mrs Logan moved from East Yorkshire to replace retiring headteacher Ali Barden in September 2011, with the school enjoying high praise.
Mrs Barden was described by Ofsted as “excellent” and the team of senior managers and governors as “very effective”.
Pupils, said Ofsted, had a thirst for learning and were confident and motivated.
The absence of Mrs Logan has surprised parents, who say they know nothing of the reasons behind it. One, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I don’t know anything about what has happened or why she has gone.”
The chairman of Governors Ron Tipping was unavailable for comment last night.
In July, the school was at the centre of a storm following a decision to scrap school meals due to a budget deficit.
A 40p per meal price rise or a change to packed lunches was proposed.
But following an angry reaction from parents, county council education officials agreed to step in and underwrite the losses for a trial period.