Derby - Leader drought prompts merger plans

18th September 2009 at 01:00
A shortage of headteachers in Derby has led to proposals to merge three of the city's infant and junior schools

A six-week consultation has begun to consider the merger of Cherry Tree Hill Infant and Junior schools in Chaddesden, Borrow Wood Infant and Junior schools in Spondon, and Nightingale Infant and Junior schools in Osmaston.

The proposition to merge came about after headteacher Jan Davis left Borrow Wood Infants, and Rob Wood of Cherry Tree Hill Junior and Jan Toombs of Nightingale Infants announced their retirements.

Mr Wood, who will leave at Christmas, told the Derby Telegraph: "Schools can't find headteachers of sufficient quality to come forward when people leave or retire.

"There are not enough people who want to be heads because of the complex nature of the job, leaving councils to consider mergers."

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