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UPDATED: Claire Charlemagne, Principal of Sandown Bay Academy has announced that she is resigning from the school with effect from 31st August. 

Staff and parents were informed of the resignation earlier today (Monday), the school’s first day back from the Easter break.

Ms Charlemagne has cited family and personal reasons for her decision. She has said:

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“It has been a great honour and pleasure to work alongside the Governors and staff to provide for the children and young people in our care.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the many achievements and successes of our students in so many areas of school life”.

Academies Enterprise Trust, the Group to which Sandown Bay belongs, said that new leadership arrangements would be put in place ready for the new term in September, and would be announced as soon as possible.

Julian Drinkall, Chief Executive of AET, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Claire for all she has done for the school. We are very pleased that she will remain leading Sandown Bay through to the end of the school year, and we know she will continue providing the strong leadership, commitment and support she has always shown to the school, its staff and its pupils”.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Isle of Wight Council’s Lead Member for Children Services, Councillor Chris Whitehouse, demanded answers from AET about funding for Sandown Bay Academy.

UPDATE @ 18:51 – It has been confirmed to Island Echo that a meeting between Councillor Whitehouse and the AET has been arranged and is set to take place in May.

In a joint statement, AET’s Julian Drinkall and Cllr Chris Whitehouse have said:

“We can confirm that a private meeting has been agreed between Councillor Whitehouse and other members of the Local Authority and key personnel from AET Group, to take place in early May”.

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