Headteacher steps down after three years at school

The headteacher at St Augustine’s School in Scarborough has retired after being in the role for three years.

Jesus Echevarria issued a statement, saying: “Over the last term, due to the pressures and demands of Headship having an impact on my health I have therefore reached the conclusion that I am unable to continue as headteacher of St Augustine’s.

“Consequently, I will be leaving my post for personal and family reasons and will not be at the school at the start of the new academic year in September.

“I am taking this opportunity to thank all the staff and pupils at St Augustine’s who have supported me over the last three years, and I wish the school every success in the future.”

Governors have begun the process of recruiting a new headteacher for St Augustine’s.

In the meantime arrangements have been made for Catherine Brooker, the headteacher of Stokesley School to step in as executive headteacher.

She will be assisted by Paula Strudwick who will be the acting associate headteacher.

Mrs Strudwick is currently deputy headteacher at All Saints’ Roman Catholic School, York.

The statement, which was issued on behalf of the Governors, said: “Mrs Brooker and Mrs Strudwick will be supported by Ashley Brooks, deputy headteacher and Jayne Vaughan, assistant headteacher along with a strong team of staff and Governors and the local authority.

“May I conclude by congratulating the staff and students on achieving excellent examination results which are evidence of the school is progressing.

“We look for continued success in the coming years.”

Mr Echevarria came to St Augustine’s from a school in Telford in September 2009, taking on the role from Roger Cannon.