You may see press coverage this week about the professional conduct hearing convened by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in respect of Miss Angela Walsh, who was formerly Principal of Lymm High School, about her conduct in 2012 and 2013. The Secretary of State for Education has issued a prohibition order against Miss Walsh which means she cannot teach in any school in England. This is the most serious sanction which can be imposed on a teacher. We are glad to see these matters brought to a proper conclusion, and we welcome the Secretary of State’s decision.
We would like to thank everyone – staff, governors, parents, students and the wider community – who has worked so hard over the last three years to move on from those very difficult times. Under the leadership of Gwyn Williams as headteacher since April 2015, the school is now progressing well, securing the best examination results in Warrington last year and having a renewed sense of its purpose and place in the community.
We had many more applications for Year 7 in September 2016 than we had places, though we are pleased to say that we have still accommodated all applications from children at our partner primary schools. But there is still much more to do, and the governors and headteacher believe that our very able and well-motivated students are capable of even greater things in the future.
Kieran Walshe Rebecca Knowles
Chair of governors Vice-chair of governors