Home   Canterbury   News   Article

Barton Court head teacher Ian Macaulay resigns after child's autism diagnosis

A grammar school head teacher is to step down after revealing one of his children has been diagnosed with severe autism.

Ian Macaulay, who leads Barton Court in Canterbury, has written to parents of the school's 970 pupils to inform them of his decision to resign.

Barton Court head teacher Ian Macaulay is stepping down
Barton Court head teacher Ian Macaulay is stepping down

The letter followed an announcement on the first day of the new term that he was leaving the position for "personal reasons".

After thanking people for their best wishes, he wrote: "For sake of clarity, I also wanted to provide a little further detail regarding my decision to resign from my position.

"Recently one of my children has been diagnosed with severe, complex and profound autism.

"As you can imagine the challenges that this places on a family can be overwhelming and for this reason I have made the decision to step down."

The academy has agreed to Mr Macaulay's request to work part-time until his planned departure in December.

After his replacement is appointed, he will continue in a leadership support role within the school.

"As you can imagine the challenges that this places on a family can be overwhelming and for this reason I have made the decision to step down..." - Ian Macaulay

The circumstances were first notified to parents by executive head Kim Cardus, who described the news as "life-changing" for Mr Macaulay.

She added: "To provide stability for the school during this period, I will be sharing the role of head teacher of Barton Court as well as executive head teacher of the trust, until a suitable replacement is found.

"As head teacher of Barton Court for nine years before Mr Macaulay’s appointment it makes perfect sense for this interim solution and I hope that this reassures you during this time of transition."

Mr Macaulay came to Barton Court in 2017 after more than seven years in the senior leadership team of Rochester Grammar School.

News from our universities, local primary and secondary schools, including Ofsted inspections and league tables, can be found here.

Read more: All the latest news from Canterbury

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More