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Parents finally told 'missing' headteacher has left school
Updated 6:17pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 in News
A HEADTEACHER missing from a Worcester school without explanation for more than four months has left her post.
Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School's governing body announced yesterday that Angela Beddow has left the school.
A brief statement read: "The governing body of Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School has been notified that Mrs Beddow has for personal and professional reasons left the school as head teacher.
"The acting head teacher, Mrs Tracy Kelly-Freer and SLT (senior leadership team) will continue to lead the school forward prior to the appointment of a substantive head teacher.
"The governors would like to take this opportunity to place on record their best wishes to Mrs Beddow."
We reported on concerns from parents about why Angela Beddow had not been at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School since the beginning of December even though she remained as headteacher.
The Griffin Schools Trust, which runs the Academy, refused to comment at the time.
Worcestershire County Council said as the school was an academy it was not obliged to inform them of any changes.
The Department for Education refused to comment.
Education Secretary Michael Gove initially promised to get answers for parents but later put out a statement saying it was a matter for the academy trust who had assured him it would update parents and staff as soon as possible.
The row raised questions about the transparency of the Academy system with some parents asking if the school was accountable to anyone.
Yesterday parents received a letter via their children, sent on behalf of the governing body, which said Mrs Beddow had left.
The letter included a quote from Mrs Beddow in which she said: "It is with deep regret and sadness that I will no longer be head at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School.
"I have been touched by the tremendous support and good wishes I have received from parents and children.
"I wish each and every one of them every success for the future."
Speaking from her home last night, Mrs Beddow said: "I'm legally not able to talk about it."
One parent said: "We are none the wiser really."
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