Posted by Neil on Sunday, 23 June 2013 at 20:20:11
Filed under: Announcements, Lymm, School
Lymm High school's controversial Principal Angela Walsh has been suspended by the school governors pending further investigations into a number of issues.
Miss Walsh joined the school in September 2008 and hit the headlines within 12 months following the introduction of a controversial new school uniform policy, with pupils staging sit down protests and outrage from parents.
Staff morale has been low for some time, with significant numbers choosing to leave. In a letter to parents and carers sent out last night (Friday) Chair of Governors Andrew Walshe and Vice Chair Rebecca Knowles said:"We are writing to confirm, as you may already know, that the governors of Lymm High School took the decision this week to suspend the Principal, Miss Angela Walsh, pending the investigation of a number of issues.
"We are sure you will understand that we cannot provide any more information than that to you at this time. We met today with the Senior Leadership Team, to put in place interim leadership arrangements for the school for the rest of this term. We have asked Suzanne Finlay to become Acting Principal for this period, and all members of the Senior Leadership Team will be taking on some additional responsibilities. We have a very high regard for their professionalism and commitment, and know they will have the full support of governors and staff. We also met yesterday with many parents, who attended the open session we held, and we know that while parents think very highly of the school, and its teaching and non-teaching staff, they had important concerns about issues like staff turnover, continuity of teaching, behaviour, homework, and other things.
"We have asked Lisa Dobson and Suzanne Finlay, who attended those meetings with us, to draw up an action plan to tackle those concerns, and a summary of the issues and how they are being addressed will be posted on the school website in the parent communications area by Friday of next week. Governors will be meeting next week to discuss the leadership arrangements for the School from September 2013, and we are working with senior staff from Warrington Borough Council on that matter. We expect to have a full complement of permanent teaching staff in September –including all leadership roles like heads of faculty and subject –and we are looking forward to welcoming a number of key new staff to the School."
"We know how important Lymm High School is to the community it serves, and we take our responsibilities as governors very seriously. We will be writing to you again to keep you informed of developments and we plan to hold further open sessions for parents as they are required.We thank all of you for your support and commitment to the school."
The School has been an Academy since last September. On the website ratemyteachers.com, Miss Walsh receives one star out of a possible five for “easiness”, “helpfulness” and “clarity.”
Users of the site make comments such as “useless”, “She’s not right for the job”, “school is going dramatically downhill last few years, so much so I would recommend against going to it” and “She is known for all the wrong reasons, bullying, intimidation, victimisation.”
Article courtesy of the Warrington Worldwide.
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Posted by Neil on Thursday, 20 June 2013 at 13:05:27
Filed under: Announcements
Lymm village is well known as a picturesque destination town, but what if you scratch below the surface? How many of Lymm’s growing population appreciate what is on their doorstep? Well, Lymm businesses are about to pro-actively encourage people to slow down, take a look at what Lymm has to offer. Have a chat with your local shop keepers to find out what you can get locally and enjoy personal service without travelling miles. They are adopting an award winning marketing campaign called Totally Locally to promote the value of local shopping and lift the local economy, working together with the community to create a better place to live.
Totally Locally has worked successfully to lift whole towns over the last few years and the movement is growing rapidly. Lymm is launching the campaign to coincide with the weekend of Historic Transport Day on 23rd of June which is expected to attract many locals and visitors to Lymm. Several local shops & cafes will be running special offers, known as a Hidden Gems Trail.
There will be a Totally Locally Lymm stand on the field on the Sunday, visitors to the stand can enter a free prize draw for a Lymm goody box.
A core message of Totally Locally is that if every adult in Lymm spent £5 a week in a local independent business it would swell the local economy by £2.5 million a year…makes you think, doesn’t it?
You can find out more on the Totally Locally website.
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