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Principal of Hope Academy steps down

John Gannon (centre), who stepped down as principal of Hope Academy this week, greeting education secretary Michael Gove on a recent visit to the school along with chair of the governors Prof Bart McGettrick (right)

John Gannon (centre), who stepped down as principal of Hope Academy this week, greeting education secretary Michael Gove on a recent visit to the school along with chair of the governors Prof Bart McGettrick (right)

The principal of troubled Hope Academy has resigned, citing “personal health reasons”.

John Gannon stepped down from his post at the Newton school as concerns continued to mount over its teaching and management.

Opened following a merger between St Aelred’s and Newton High, the academy was the subject of a critical Ofsted report in recent months and it is understood inspectors from the organisation are set to make a number of recommendations about its future.

Hope’s previous Ofsted inspection ruled it required “improvement” and would be subject to a number of monitoring visits.

A joint statement issued today by the governing body, as well as the academy’s sponsors Liverpool Hope University and the Catholic Diocese and Church of England Archdiocese of Liverpool, confirmed Mr Gannon had left his job.

It read: “We will be advertising shortly for a new principal to start in September and are finalising arrangements to support the leadership of the Academy in the interim period.

“We expect to be able to announce these arrangements very shortly.

“We wish to assure parents and the local community that we are working closely with our local authority partners to address issues that have been raised and improve standards.”

 

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