Head hands over school reins to son

Andrew (left) and Bill Jordon.
Andrew (left) and Bill Jordon.

AN outstanding school is keeping it in the family with the appointment of its new head teacher.

Bill Jordon, headteacher at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, who will step down this summer to be replaced by son Andrew, 35, said he had nothing to do with the appointment.

He told the Mail he “expressed concern” when his son, who is currently the school’s deputy head, said he was applying for the job and played no part in the recruitment process.

But he is adamant that the best man for the job is now in place.

The 63-year-old has been in charge at Dyke House for 18 years, but will officially retire the headship in July.

But he will remain at the school - which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted - in an advisory role as executive head for up to a year to help oversee the relocation back to its Mapleton Road base.

Pupils are currently being taught at the former Brierton School, in Catcote Road, while their site undergoes a £12m revamp under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Bill Jordon, who has taught for 42 years, said: “My advice was that I do not think you should be doing this, and initially I thought he should be going somewhere else.

“Andrew insisted this was the challenge he wanted. He was ready for headship and he has been in the market for the last two years.

“But I do believe that they have been lucky to get such a quality candidate.”

Bill Jordon, who said the structure will ensure standards do not drop, added: “I will stay at the school in an advisory capacity for part of next year to help with the day-to-day running of the school.

“The governors wanted my knowledge and experience so that we can move to the new school with confidence.”

Mr Jordon, who is married to Doreen, 65, a retired teacher, added: “The future of the school is in excellent hands, not just Andrew, but the other staff too.”

He has no firm plans for when he finally retires but hopes to stay in education and “give something back”.

He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to education.

Andrew Jordon, who lives near Newcastle, has been teaching for 14 years and has been in his current role for almost two years.

Before joining Dyke House he was deputy head at Brierton and assistant head at Eastbourne School, in Darlington.

He is now responsible for 1,050 pupils and 120 staff members.

Andrew, who has been heavily involved in the BSF refurbishment, said: “There is a fantastic team at the school and a fantastic willingness to take the school on to the next stage in its life.

“It is an exciting project and that is what attracted me to the position.

“What didn’t attract me was the fact that my dad was the headteacher, but our own staff have been very supportive.

“This is not about nepotism, it is about the quality of work that I can do.”

When the new site opens in January, the building will be split into five areas to create a “school within a school”.

Each year group will remain in the same area, with the same set of teachers, for all five years.

The idea is to build better relationships between staff, pupils and parents in a bid to further improve standards.