Lancing’s Woodard Academy breaks its silence after the principal leaves

THE Woodard Academies Trust has finally broken its silence over the sudden departure of one of its principals.

This week, the trust confirmed Carole Bailey, the founding principal of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, has left her position two terms early – despite stating last month she was looking forward to the “important” year ahead.

Because of legal reasons, the Herald has been unable to report on Mrs Bailey’s early departure from the academy, in Upper Boundstone Lane, until now.

In November, the Herald interviewed Mrs Bailey about her resignation, which was due to take place in August.

When news emerged she had left early, the trust neither confirmed nor denied it.

However, in a bid to quash rumours, the trust has now said Mrs Bailey’s official leaving date moved forward to December 31 after she decided to “step aside with immediate effect” to enable a new principal to take the academy forward.

It has denied rumours Mrs Bailey was escorted off the premises but has confirmed it carried out a recent review to look at its quality and standards, resulting in a number of changes due to be implemented soon.

David Bilton, CEO, said: “In the two years the academy has been open there has been much work to do and a firm foundation for learning has been laid.

“Mrs Bailey has led and driven this aspect of the academy. We appreciate her significant efforts.”

In a statement Mrs Bailey said: “It has been a unique privilege to lead an institution from inception, and I thank Woodard for this opportunity.

“As the academy moves into its purpose-built accommodation I am sure the improvements in standards will rapidly be achieved.”