In other words, talk to the town hall bureaucrats, but on no account talk to the one person who knows best what the head's job is all about!
May I offer my advice? Ignore Joan Sallis and, if necessary, ignore the regulations: your duty is to serve the best interests of the school and its children.
So use your common sense and consult whoever you think will give you the best advice - and I will be surprised if that does not include the present head.
128 Crayford Road