A stand-in head drafted into an academy school will now stay in place until the end of the academic year.

Colette Macklin has agreed to remain at Workington Academy after it was revealed head Jonathan Logan - who had been absent for an unspecified reason - had "decided to move on from his role".

Tracy Stainton, chairwoman of the Local Advisory Board at Workington Academy said: “On behalf of the William Howard Trust, I would like to thank Mr Logan for his contribution to Workington Academy and wish him well in the future.

“We are extremely pleased that Mrs Colette Macklin has now agreed to stay with us until the end of this academic year. I have every confidence that she will have a positive impact at the academy.

"We have received excellent references for Mrs Macklin including an outstanding commendation from her former employer.”

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Jonathan Logan Mrs Macklin said she had been extremely impressed by the pupils at the school.

"I am confident that I can deliver the trust’s vision to enable each child to be the best they can be," she added.

Executive headteacher Lorrayne Hughes will continue to provide strategic leadership, working closely with Mrs Macklin and the leadership team.

She said: “Mrs Macklin will use her extensive experience to inspire and motivate students and staff and to make certain that the trust’s desire to create an exceptional school for Workington is delivered.”

The academy is due to open its new building next February.