Primary school head quits unexpectedly

By David Newble

Friday, March 14, 2014


THE headteacher of Haylands Primary School, Stefan Hopper has quit his job unexpectedly.

Mr Hopper, who had been at the school for a decade, will be replaced by the head of Nine Acres Primary, Stephen Bartlett, who is taking over as interim head at Haylands.

Mr Hopper resigned on February 28.

In a statement released on Mr Hopper’s behalf by governors, Mr Hopper said his decision to resign had not been an easy one.

He said: "I now feel the time is right to afford myself a new challenge and to consider the needs of my family, who have been a source of constant support for the past ten years of my headship at Haylands.

"Without their unwavering help and understanding, it would not have been possible to have given this commitment to the school."

He added: "I am confident the school will move positively onto the next stage of its development, given the improvement plans in place and the financial security the school has at its disposal.

"This will support further the pupils, parents and families of the community which the school serves so well."

Chair of the school governors, Alan Truckel, said he was not in a position to comment further on Mr Hopper’s decision to leave.

He said: "I got on really well with Stef, he was a really nice person. He gave an inordinately large amount of time to the school and over his time as head, has done an awful lot for the school."

Mr Hopper oversaw the school’s move in 2012 to a new building in Bettesworth Road from its old site at Playstreet Lane.

The school’s last Ofsted report in June 2012 rated the school as satisfactory, saying improvement was needed in the skills of its leaders and managers and teaching inconsistencies needed to be eradicated.


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