Head teacher quits school
The head teacher of Swan Valley Community School has left to
seek new challenges.
Nigel Jones departed on Monday following a governors’ breakfast
meeting called the previous night.
He was principal-designate for the school when it becomes an
academy this school year.
A KCC spokesman said: “The timing is unusual, but he has other
interests in education.”
He is succeeded by Alison Collwell who becomes acting head
Mr Jones was described by Ofsted inspectors on their last visit
as “passionate about getting the best” from his 636 students.
He had raised Swan Valley from the doldrums after parents’
criticisms and concerns at previous Ofsted inspections.
Following Monday’s meeting a letter was issued to parents by Mr
Jones and the chairman of the school governors.
Governor David Mote said: “I have no idea why he has gone, but
he will a very difficult act to replace.
“He was an exemplary character. I am absolutely gob-smacked he
The school was the first to be built as a public/private finance
The school was built to provide the community with a library,
nursery and meeting rooms.