Springmead headteacher resigns from Welwyn Garden City school as inspectors visit

Springmead Primary School

Springmead Primary School - Credit: Archant

The headteacher of Welwyn Garden City’s troubled Springmead School has resigned, eight months after her rift with the previous board of governors burst into public.

Jennifer Moles, who took over the Hilly Fields school in September 2015, has stepped down, and will not return after the Easter break.

Peter Martin, chairman of the interim governors appointed after all the previous board resigned in June 2016, informed parents and carers by letter yesterday, blaming “unexpected personal circumstances”.

He wrote: “The governing body would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Moles for her contribution to the school and wish her well for the future.

“The governing body is working with Herts for Learning to put in place interim leadership arrangements for the school, details of which will be provided as soon as these have been finalised.”

Inspectors from Ofsted were at the school yesterday.

In the 15 months to December 2016, 18 teachers either left or handed in their notice, compared to 19 in the previous five years combined.

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Hertfordshire County Council has confirmed the resignation, but not otherwise commented.