Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form executive headteacher Rob James is moving on from the position.

Mr James has been acting as the school’s headteacher in a dual leadership role with the Ramsey Academy in Halstead.

Notley High is part of the Bridge Academy Trust which runs a number of local schools including Ramsey, Halstead’s Richard de Clare School and the Acorn Academy in Witham.

Mr Jones says he will be taking up a role which will see him act essentially as a ‘line manager’ for the trust.

The move means Notley High School is set to welcome new headteacher Margaret Ryan, who will take over after February half-term.

Miss Ryan has previously been headteacher at Brentwood County High School.

A letter from the school to parents said: “We are delighted to let you know that following a very rigorous and competitive process, Miss Margaret Ryan will be joining us from February half term as substantive headteacher.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr Cusick, who has done as great job over the past 18 months, stepping into the role as acting head of school, along with Mr James and supported the school through some very difficult circumstances.

“This was however never intended to be a permanent arrangement and the appointment of a substantive headteacher will allow her to focus on some specific areas of work which she is passionate about, including the quality of teaching and learning. Dr Cusick will become senior deputy headteacher and Mr James will revert to deputy CEO within the trusts and director for secondary schools.”

Mr James added; “We look forward to welcoming the new substantive headteacher, Miss Ryan, after February half term.

“We will work together during the next half term to ensure there is a smooth transition, allowing her to build on foundations we have implemented during the past 20 months and introduce her own ideas.”