THE HEAD of Stanley High has quit his position at the Fleetwood Road school.

It follows a damning Ofsted report which slated both the behaviour of pupils and the effectiveness of teaching.

Stanley High has since been placed into special measures after the report found the school to be requiring major improvements or face further sanctions.

It will now be forced into Academy status and governors are currently seeking a ‘sponsor’ school from the local area to help support Stanley through the transition.

Inspectors visited the Fleetwood Road school, which looks after nearly 700 pupils, back in June ahead of the summer break and found the quality of teaching, pupil development and overall leadership to be lacking,

Now Head Teacher Ed Fitzpatrick has chosen to take early retirement. He will be replaced by current Greenbak Deputy Head Neil Moore. An optimistic Ruth Williams, the Chair of Governors, commented: “Stanley High School is beginning a new phase and there is much change to come.  Mr Fitzpatrick has decided that this is a good time for him to retire, as a new headteacher is a good way to start this process. 

“Under Mr Fitzpatrick’s leadership the school has developed an upward trajectory, and in the recent GCSEs students achieved a progress score of more than 1,000 for the first time in the school’s history. The school is improving, and this improvement will continue under new leadership.

“As Chair of Governors I met frequently with Mr Fitzpatrick, and I have seen the energy and commitment he has given to the school at first hand.  I wish him the very best for his retirement, and hope that it is happy and healthy,” added Mrs Williams.

Mr Neil Moore, the incoming headteacher who is currently Deputy Head at Greenbank High School,  added his best wishes: “I would like to thank Mr Fitzpatrick for his commitment to improving outcomes for pupils at Stanley High School and wish him well in the future. 

“I am delighted to be leading the school and working with the pupils  and staff. I am confident that we will continue the journey to improve outcomes and ensure Stanley High is a school where all pupils, parents and staff are happy and proud to be part of the school community.”

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