The headteacher of Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College says the school has achieved some “outstanding” GCSE results after a “turbulent year”.
The school has been blighted with a number of issues since the start of the academic year, but Kathy McNicholas says this week’s results “show what can be achieved in the face of adversity.”
Management have not revealed to the Guardian what St Mary’s GCSE pass rates are this year, but a statement from the school reads: “After a turbulent year caused by the devastating fire in September, pupils and teachers have risen to the challenges set before them and have achieved some outstanding results.”
Miss McNicholas added: “We are absolutely delighted by the individual performances of pupils, staff and departments.
“It just goes to show what can be achieved in the face of adversity.”
Many of the school buildings on Royal Avenue were destroyed by a huge fire just days before pupils and staff were due to return in September, which resulted in students missing two weeks of term.
Some year groups then had to work from a disused school building in Preston until everyone was reunited back in Leyland at Christmas time.
Since then, some classes have been held in porta-cabin style rooms, whilst work takes place to re-build the school.
Earlier this year, claims emerged about ‘bullying and harassment’ from the school management, and Miss McNicholas took a leave of absence as an investigation into the alleged concerns regarding leadership and management took place.
In June, 31 teachers went on strike for a day when Miss McNicholas was “welcomed back” after Governors announced that no formal action was being taken following the report’s findings.
‘Peace talks’ held in June between staff, the archdiocese, local authority and national, regional and local representatives of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers resulted in some action points being agreed to resolve the concerns.
- Leyland’s other high schools took a knock in their pass rates this year. See the story here