Bollin Primary School set to reopen

Bollin Primary School is set for a “phased” reopening following its closure on Monday 27 February by Trafford Council.

The Altrincham school was closed due to complaints of leadership problems made by staff and parents.

A petition outlining a no confidence vote in the headteacher has reached nearly a thousand signatures. It said the headmaster, Michelle Brindle, had a ‘detrimental’ style of leadership.

Trafford Council stated that the school would reopen today Thursday 2 March to Key Stage 2 pupils (years 3 to 6). Key Stage 1 pupils (years 1 and 2) will return on Friday 3 March. Remaining pupils are expected to return the following week.

The council stated that they “appreciate the difficulties the closure has had on pupils”. They have been “working hard to make sure the school is reopened as a matter of urgency”.

An Ofsted Parent View revealed that 85% of parents strongly disagreed that the school was well run and managed.

Since November, two parent governors have resigned while 14 teachers submitted grievances, according to the report.

Parents and staff staged a protest against the headteacher outside the school on 23 February.

Footage from the protest emerged on social media of celebrations and the chanting of “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.

There has been no official confirmation from the Council that Michelle Brindle has left her post as headteacher. Brindle has reportedly maintained that she is “100% committed” to the school and its pupils.

The school has previously been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2007 and 2010.

Former teachers and members of staff believe that the current management is tarnishing the reputation of the school.

A parent and former pupil at the school commented that “Bollin was outstanding in terms of ethos and academics”.

“The deterioration has been rapid and is specific to the new leadership”.

Kylie Spark, from Sale’s Tyntesfield Primary School, has been appointed as an interim headteacher. It is not yet known how long Mrs Spark will be in post.

TNT Education

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