The headteacher of Highbridge’s King Alfred School stepped down last week after four years in the role.

Denise Hurr stepped down at the end of the summer term and Nathan Jenkins, pictured below, is to become the new principal from September, as we first reported here.

Denise said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents and staff of our school for the support and enthusiasm they have shown towards our school during this year.”

“Throughout my four years here as Headteacher it has been very rewarding to see the school grow and develop, ensuring that most importantly, our students have the very best chance to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.”

“As a member of this community I am immensely proud to see the commitment our students show on a daily basis to their learning, their sport and their involvement in the arts. I look forward to continuing to work with the school in my new role as Director of the Teaching School Alliance for The Priory Learning Trust, supporting TKAS to grow even further under the direction of Nathan Jenkins. I wish everyone a happy and healthy summer.”

Neville Coles, Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust, told “Denise has stepped down from the Headship at King Alfred School to take up a role within our Teaching School Alliance. Since last October, when we became involved at King Alfred School, Denise has been a tower of strength and led the school strongly through a very successful Ofsted monitoring visit.”

“She leaves with the very best wishes of all staff and students at King Alfred School. Nathan Jenkins is already working at the school as Principal Designate as the school becomes an Academy as part of our Trust on October 1st.”

“Re-roofing of the academy will begin promptly in October thanks to a successful Trust bid to the DfE. All involved at King Alfred School are now looking forward to much stronger exam results this August.”

“A new uniform code, instigated by Denise, is also being introduced at the school from this September. We thank all in the local community for their support.”

King Alfred School is working closely with The Priory Learning Trust to improve and was recently praised for its progress following a new OFSTED inspection monitoring visit, as we reported here. reported here that Denise Hurr is stepping down from her role, citing poor health.

Pictured: Top, Denise Hurr with Neville Coles, Executive Principal of The Priory Learning Trust; and Centre: new Principal Nathan Jenkins.