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The Bristol Primary School where all the teachers are leaving as term finishes

Our Lady of Lourdes set to lose all its teaching staff at the end of this term. Photo: Google Earth

All of the teaching staff at a Bristol primary school including the current acting head teacher will leave at the end of the week.

Breaking up for the summer holidays marks the end of the entire teaching staffs' time at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School.

The last substantive headteacher left at Easter 2016 and while an acting leader has been in place for the last year, they will not be continuing in the role come September. A number of staff have left throughout the 16/17 academic year, with the remaining teachers following suit at the end of this summer term.

Our Lady of Lourdes has struggled with disappointing results and the rate of staff turnover. Over the last year however, South Gloucestershire Council has worked with the school to raise standards.

of pupils achieved the expected level in reading, writing and maths at the end of 2016.
of pupils are set to achieve the expected level in reading, writing and maths in 2017.
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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.

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.

A new team has been put together including a new head teacher, 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.

– Our Lady of Lourdes spokesperson

What has happened with staff over the last year?

Seven long-term teachers have resigned over the course of this year. This includes two moving to other local schools, the Acting Head who is taking up a Headship elsewhere and one member of staff’s fixed-term contract is ending.

The last substantive head left at Easter last year. Since then, so for more than a year, the then Deputy has been acting up but leaves this term to take up a new role at a different school. A new Headteacher has been appointed and will take up the position in January. In the interim, leadership will be provided by the Executive Head, with support from the council as required.