Academy head in shock resignation

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A SHEFFIELD academy is facing fresh upheaval following the resignation of its principal after less than three years in the job.

Jane Miles resigned suddenly from her post at Sheffield Springs Academy at Arbourthorne after the half term break.

She is to be replaced by Dr Antony Edkins, northern regional executive for the academy’s managing charity, United Learning Trust, who will be in charge until Christmas.

He will work with the senior leadership team on the day-to-day running of the school until a full time replacement can be recruited.

Both ULT academies in the city, Springs and Sheffield Park, have received criticism since they opened in 2006 for the frequency of their changes in leadership.

Mrs Miles, who has worked at Springs and its predecessors for 33 years, took over on an acting basis in July 2009 after previous principal David Lewis left after a period of sick leave.

She was given the job on a permanently last February.

Since then Mrs Miles has taken Springs forward from its previous poor Ofsted rating, when inspectors gave it an official Notice to Improve.

She also improved the academy’s GCSE results, moving them above the Government’s minimum ‘floor target’.

Mrs Miles said she had taken the decision to leave an ‘all-consuming but hugely rewarding’ role only after much thought, but concluded it was best for her and her family.

“I am so very proud of what we have achieved,” she said.

ULT acting chief executive Kathy August said she wanted to thank Mrs Miles for everything she had achieved.

“She has been a source of strength and inspiration in leading Sheffield Springs out of its Ofsted category.”