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A primary school in England has been thrown into chaos after every single member of staff quit since the beginning of the academic year, Metro UK reports.
In total 14 teachers, two head teachers and support staff have all left their jobs at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School.
The final seven members of staff will leave today as the summer term ends and many teachers have previously been signed off for stress.
Union representatives claim that leadership at the school led to the mass walk-out.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) have blamed high work loads for the walkout, with one insider saying it made their job ‘impossible’.
However, governors at the school in Kingswood, Bristol, are trying to reassure people that there will be a new set of teaching staff in place for the new academic year in September.
After its last Ofsted inspection in November 2013 the school was given a good rating, but in 2016 SATs results were below the standard set by the Department for Education.
Fewer than one in four children achieved the required standard for reading, writing and mathematics.
South Gloucestershire Council, which runs the school, told its leaders it needed to improve.
Parents were told the level of staff sickness was ‘out of control’ by chair of governors Lisa Paniccia-Brown.
Headteacher Clare Murray left and was replaced by Louisa Wilson who was appointed as ‘executive’ head.
‘We had enough’ one teacher, who did not want to be named, said. ‘Many of them were signed off with stress, and the pressure was unreasonable.
‘We were told if we did not follow the head’s methods, we would not be welcome at the school.
‘There have been a number of teachers here who have spent their entire teaching career at Our Lady, it’s become home to them.’
Union reps blamed the new executive head for the high stress levels and one newly qualified teacher, left the school after just six months.
Grades are slowly beginning to improve under the new leadership, with 77 per cent of pupils passing their SATs this year.
‘Our Lady of Lourdes has experienced a lot of change over the past year, but we are pleased that thanks to a lot of hard work, the school and its pupils are in a strong position for the future,’ a South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said.
They added: ‘The school is rightly proud of the pupils’ achievements and the teachers and other staff have all worked extremely hard to make these improvements.
‘At the same time, there has also been a significant transition of staff during the school year, with some staff choosing to leave mid-year.
‘As vacancies have arisen, staff have been recruited to temporary contracts in order to provide continuity for the children.
‘It is not appropriate to discuss individual members of staff, but we note that among those departing are teachers taking up substantive and senior roles in other schools and we wish them well.
‘A new team has been put together including a new headteacher, Nick Bracey, and this week the pupils met their new teachers for next year.
‘The existing governing body remains in place to ensure continuity and stability during this time of transition.’
The school was not available for comment when contacted by Metro.co.uk.
A spokesperson for the council told Metro.co.uk that while it is true that 16 members of faculty have left the school over the last 12 months, that figure includes temporary staff who were specifically brought in to cover staff who had left during school term. THINK YOUR FRIEND WOULD BE INTRESTED? SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE SHARE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>