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College principal steps down - but questions remain.

Byline: EDWARD CHADWICK

The former head of a Black Country school criticised by Government inspectors has walked out of his highprofile job at another Midland school after less than four months in the post.

Martin Cain ran Walsall's Frank F Harrison Engineering College for more than six years. He left in January to become principal of the West Nuneaton Academy, due to open later this year. Of-f sted produced a damning report into the 950-pupil Engineering College in Walsall just weeks before Mr Cain left, as revealed by The Birmingham Post. The inspectors gave it the worst overall rating of 'inadequate' and put it in 'special measures'. And pressure on Mr Cain at his new job in Nuneaton mounted after local parents learned of the failings at his old school - now under the interim headship of Jacqui Grace.

Nuneaton MP Bill Olner said: "Apparently the situation at the Walsall school was common knowledge among parents who had checked it out on the internet. I think those responsible for the appointment of the principal have some ex-x plaining to do."

Of Mr Cain's resignation West Nuneaton Academy sponsors, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, said: "It is in the best interests of the project that he steps down from the position of academy principal designate with immediate effect."

Mr Cain said: "I wish everyone involved in the Nuneaton Academy all the very best."

Academy chief executive Marion Plant said: "Under Mr Cain's leadership, clear progress has been made."

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