Readers react to Preston headteacher stepping down: "So glad we pulled our daughter outta here."

The new headteacher of Fulwood Academy is its sixth in seven years.

By Aimee Seddon
Thursday, 9th September 2021, 3:48 pm
Updated Friday, 10th September 2021, 7:44 pm

Following the news that the headteacher of Fulwood Academy in Preston has stepped down after a year, readers have reacted online with a string of critical comments.

David Lancaster, who has been headteacher of Fulwood Academy since April 2020, has moved on to a new position, and his interim replacement, Mr Lee McLinden, the previous Vice Principal, will be the sixth headteacher the school has had since 2014.

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David Lancaster has recently stepped down as headteacher of Fulwood Academy.

The Lancashire Post Facebook post announcing the news received over a hundred comments, with many questioning the instability of the school leadership team. See what our readers had to say below:

One parent, Kelly Ann Goodhin wrote: "my kids have been there just over 2 and a half years and think they have seen 3 different heads, what a joke, no wonder it has a bad rep, there’s no consistency at the top."

Fee Jay said: "Doesn't sound good at all, I'm afraid…"

Another Facebook user, Chris Porter-Blake, joked: "6 head teachers in 5 years.... Tell me you're a failing school with unruly kids without telling me you're a failing school with unruly kids ...."

The mother of an ex-pupil, Adele Rose said: "So glad we pulled our daughter outta here...Classes with no teachers ect doesn't seem to be getting any better."

Andy ‘Ghandi’ James commented: "Build an academy they said, it's the future......."

Ian Ashby, an ex-pupil wrote: "Great job these big companies are doing with the academies, never had any change with Piper and Travis when I was there. Broughton and Fulwood were the schools to go to at one time.."

Jo Bond said: "I have seen the school go from strength to strength and it hasn't been down to one man. A lot of dead wood was cleared out thankfully and a good solid team of staff are the key. Some of the changes made by Lancaster were not always thought through in there affect on the pupils and I for one am not upset by his departure.

Jackie Owens wrote: "Just get someone who knows what they doing... its not hard them kids need a leader not a quitter ...."