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Would you be concerned if your dc school was on their third head in three years?

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yearningforthesun Wed 29-Jun-11 23:12:24

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Rosebud05 Wed 29-Jun-11 23:14:31

It would depend why.

GypsyMoth Wed 29-Jun-11 23:17:42

lower school?
middle? upper school?

yearningforthesun Wed 29-Jun-11 23:25:08

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Rosebud05 Thu 30-Jun-11 06:17:50

That is an unusual situation.

I'd ask the existing head; their explanation may not be the whole picture, but it may give you some info about what's been going on.

IndigoBell Thu 30-Jun-11 06:18:09

Yes, I'd be concerned.

It wouldn't be my first choice.

AbigailS Thu 30-Jun-11 07:31:13

There may be a positive answer. Maybe the first one retired / moved on, the next was "acting" while they searched for the third, permanent head.

mrz Thu 30-Jun-11 08:54:39

Moving onward and upward to bigger schools better pay. I would say the governors aren't doing a very good job in selecting

fishheadfishhead Thu 30-Jun-11 08:56:10

i'd be concerned, happened at my sons school, we have a good one now but the school basically went to pieces in the interim. teachers left in droves.

hockeyforjockeys Thu 30-Jun-11 09:26:32

It depends. If it is a situation where a school goes into special measures, the head leaves, a temporary one is appointed for a year, then a permanent replacement (or similar type of scenario) is found then no. The school I attended as a child has been through 8 heads in the last 12 years, it is as a result of deep issues in the school and LA (and it is in a mc area with decent exam results). That scenario then yes you should worry. However the teachers in my old school continue to work hard to provide a good standard of education, despite all the backroom politics.

yearningforthesun Thu 30-Jun-11 09:45:04

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swash Thu 30-Jun-11 10:07:50

I would make friends with the parent-governer if I was you. Only way to find out what is going on.

MyCatHasStaff Thu 30-Jun-11 10:10:55

Teaching full time and being head must be hell - two full time jobs imho. I think that be your answer.

MyCatHasStaff Thu 30-Jun-11 10:11:29

that may be your answer.

yearningforthesun Thu 30-Jun-11 11:46:06

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woahwoah Thu 30-Jun-11 13:23:38

Some years ago I worked briefly in a school that had been through several heads (acting and permanent) in a few years. There were deep seated problems within the school and it was a nightmare to work in. From the outside it looked a lovely, caring school in a leafy area. I don't want to say too much about what was wrong but I got out at the first opportunity and the staff turnover was huge.

So yes, I would worry, although obviously there may be a far more innocent explanation in this case. But I would want to know more. being a teaching head is very hard, but it's rare to have NO management time. I would want to know why - have they terrible financial problems, or problems recruiting staff?

Littlefish Thu 30-Jun-11 15:58:54

I don't see how anyone can teach full time, and be a Headteacher.

At dd's school, the head teaches 2 days a week.

As I see it, small schools with teaching or part teaching heads tend to attract either first time heads, who stay for 2 -3 years and then move on to larger schools/non teaching Head roles, or they attract teachers at the end of their careers, looking for a step down from a large school, before retirement. Neither of these options is particularly good in my opinion.

It is a major concern for me too as dd's school are about to have their third head teacher in 4 years due to some fairly rubbish decisions by the governing body.

Elibean Thu 30-Jun-11 16:56:44

Yes, I would worry - unless I had a good, and sensible, explanation.

dd's last Head was Head for 18 years (then acting one for a year, now properly Head and not going anywhere for a long time I should think!). T'other extreme grin

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