Leicester

Uplands Junior School head Tim Luckock resigns

Tim Luckock
Staff backed a vote of no confidence in Dr Tim Luckock and he was suspended by the city council last year

The head teacher of a junior school, which was put in special measures amid a legal dispute between governors and the council, has resigned.

Tim Luckock was suspended in September after staff at Uplands Junior School in Leicester backed a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Three strikes were held by staff last year over plans to cut eight posts at the school.

Leicester City Council has said it will recruit a permanent head teacher.

The staff walkouts prompted the authority to take away the governing body's powers. This decision was challenged by the former governors.

In November a judicial review found the authority had been right to intervene and bring in an interim executive board (IEB).

Ofsted said last month the events had led to a decline in standards, which managers and former governors had not addressed properly.

The city council said the IEB would review the interim leadership arrangements at the school until a permanent head was appointed.

Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor responsible for education, said: "What is really important for Uplands juniors now is that everyone works together to support improvements in the school.

"The focus for the IEB, staff, the local authority and the community has to be securing the best quality education for the children, as quickly as possible."

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