New headteacher quits school after only eight months

St. Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Washington.
St. Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Washington.
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A HEADTEACHER has quit his post at one of Wearside’s best-performing schools just eight months into the job.

William Branney, who took up the role of headteacher at St Robert of Newminster School and Sixth Form in September, has left.

Mr Branney, went to the Washington school from Stuart Bathurst High School in the West Midlands at the beginning of the academic year, taking over from Simon White.

Sunderland City Council released a statement on behalf of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and governing body of the school, which said: “Governors of St Robert of Newminster are able to confirm that they have agreed to release Mr Branney from his post as headteacher.

“Mr Branney said: ‘It is with much regret that, after being in post as headteacher since September 2012, I find myself having to step down from the role with immediate effect.’

“Governors thank him for his service and wish him well.”

No reasons have been given for the headteacher’s departure.

St Robert’s has a reputation for producing excellent exam results. Last summer, 80 per cent of the pupils gained five or more A*-C GCSEs including maths and English, which was second highest in Sunderland.