St Clere’s head takes over at troubled Brentwood school

STEPHEN Drew, the head teacher of Brentwood County High School, is stepping down this Friday after less than six years in the role.

The 44-year-old said he is not the right person to lead as a head teacher and he would be returning to the classroom as of December 22.

The head of St Clere’s School in Stanford-le-Hope, Ashlie Hughes, will be taking over from the beginning of next term until September next year when the position is filled.

St Clere’s School was last rated in 2014 by Ofsted as “Good”.

Mr Drew said: “After a long period of reflection I have decided that I am not the right person to lead the school as headteacher in the future.

“After just over five years of holding the privileged position of head teacher of this wonderful school community it is time for me to accept that further improvement needs to be led by someone else. I have done all that I can to support young people, families, colleagues and our wider community.”

Paul Griffiths, CEO of St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust, which Brentwood County High School joined in September this year, will take responsibility for appointing any new head teacher.

He said: “The head of St Clere’s is already acting as executive head teacher of County High and that will continue until September 2018.

“We will be advertising in the new year for a permanent post holder from September 2018.”

It has been a challenging few months for Mr Drew, after the school was downgraded from a “Good” Ofsted inspection in 2014 to “requires improvement” in June this year.

The 44-year-old found fame with the ground-breaking Educating Essex while he was deputy head teacher of Passmores Academy in Harlow.

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