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Aylesbury school head leaves after just a month

Debbie Shepherd only officially took over at The Mandeville School in February.

Published by Dan Gooding at 10:44am 10th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury school head leaves after just a month

The new headteacher and the chair of governors have left a school in Aylesbury.

The Mandeville School have written to parents, saying Debbie Shepherd and Paul Boulting are gone and the council is working with them on keeping things running.

Mrs Shepherd only officially took over in February.

The move comes after a controversial move to hold students at the school a few weeks ago, because of false fire alarms.

Students and staff were kept until 3pm - the official end of the school day - instead of their usual 2.45 finish allowed for good behaviour.

Many were concerned by this and there were reports of violence.

The Mandeville School

At the time, Mrs Shepherd sent a letter home to parents, saying:

"I would like to start by saying that I am trying to raise the standards and expectations at school and especially those that keep the students safe. I think that is the first responsibility for any principal and one that I take very seriously.

"There were three successive fire alarms during the course of the day which wasted an hour and a half of our time, and also meant we had to stand down the fire brigade on three occasions.

"Some students did not take this seriously enough and by taking firm action - which I was unable to predict or warn parents about - I was able to identify the students responsible."

She added that she would have liked more time to make the decision, but sometimes it is best to act in the moment.

In the letter released in the past few days, parents were reassured:

"In the meantime, Buckinghamshire County Council is working very closely with The Mandeville School staff and governors to provide the support needed to manage these changes and ensure that our students do not experience any disruption.

"Work is already well underway to ensure an interim leadership team is in place as soon as possible and we expect to be able to update you with more details on this very soon.

"As ever, the school’s key priority is to ensure all our students enjoy a high quality learning experience in a kind, supportive environment and to help them reach their full potential. We would like to thank you for all your continued support as we work to achieve this."

Mrs Shepherd and Mr. Boulting were also thanked for their work at the school.

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