Chair of governors resigned for work commitments

Pupils have been working from portable classrooms at Leyland St Mary's since the fire
Pupils have been working from portable classrooms at Leyland St Mary's since the fire
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The former chair of governors at a trouble-hit Leyland school stepped down because of work commitments, the Guardian has been told.

Chris Raven has resigned as chair of governors at Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology, and suggested new chair Kathleen Cooper takes his place. He is still sitting as a governor at the school.

Ms Cooper told the Guardian: “Chris Raven has stepped down as chair due to work commitments in a new business, although I’m delighted to say he will remain as a governor and we will continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience.

“We’re all working together to provide the very best education for our pupils and to maintain the strong sense of community that our pupils, parents and staff have always valued so highly.”

The changes come as staff are working with the teaching unions to resolve concerns regarding the management of the school.

Headteacher Kathy McNicholas is taking time off for ‘personal reasons’, and deputy head Chris Meldrum has taken on the role of acting headteacher.

Parents have complained that they are not being kept informed of the management changes, and are worried about how the upheaval and threat from teachers to strike is affecting their children’s education.

Ofsted has also informed the Guardian that it is aware of the issues at the school, but did not feel it would be appropriate to comment at this time.

When the school was last inspected, in May 2011 when previous head Mike Wright was there, all aspects of school life were judged to be either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.