Headteacher of failing secondary school in Brent steps down

Phil Hearne has stepped down

Phil Hearne has stepped down - Credit: Archant

The headteacher of a failing boys and girls’ school in Neasden rated inadequate by an education watchdog has left his job.

Fiona Deegan is the acting principal for Crest Academy

Fiona Deegan is the acting principal for Crest Academy - Credit: Archant

Phil Hearne has stepped down as the executive principal of Crest Girls Academy and Crest Boys Academy in Crest Road.

The school was previously known as John Kelly Boys’ School and John Kelly Girls’ school until it was taken over by E-ACT in 2009.

Both schools moved into a £40m new building this month after merging to become Crest Academy.

Fiona Deegan, E-ACT’s previous principal director of academies, has been appointed as the school’s acting principal.

An E-ACT spokesman said: “Staff, parents and students were informed of the changes at the start of the academic year.

“E-ACT would like to thank Mr Hearne for his efforts during his time at E-ACT and we wish him well for the future.”

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In February this year E-Act lost control of 10 schools after Ofsted inspectors raised serious concerns about their performance.

The Crest Academies’ first open day for prospective students and their families will take place this Saturday.

Related link: Brent secondary school branded a failure by government inspectors

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