Posted by Neil on Monday, 16 June 2014 at 12:18:58
Filed under: Announcements, School
He was tasked with the challenge of picking up the pieces following the suspension of the school’s head teacher last year.
But, one year on, executive principal Tarun Kapur believes that Lymm High School is back on track.
The former Birchwood and Great Sankey High School teacher said: “A sign of a good school is when attendance increases, staff absence is low other than for serious issues and retention of staff is good and this is the case now. We have got normal staff turnover this year and the people who are going in the main are going for promoted positions.”
The school on Oughtrington Lane fell under scrutiny from concerned parents last year after Angela Walsh, who resigned from the post the following April, was suspended pending a further investigation.
But Mr Kapur, who is currently chief executive and academy principal of the Dean Trust, comprising of Ashton on Mersey and Broadoak Secondary Schools, said the school is now moving in the right direction. Under his leadership, the school was graded as good by Ofsted after inspectors visited the school in December.
Mr Kapur, who expects this year’s results to be better than last year, said: “It was relaxed when Ofsted came because everyone was prepared like they are prepared for every day.
“We have a strap line here and it’s called GBH – good by habit. My view is that you shouldn’t be ready for Ofsted. You should be ready for every day. It’s about making sure we do a good job. People weren’t happy last year because the school wasn’t a success. Whereas they are much happier now as they feel as if they are going in the right direction.”
Despite fears that Ofsted would place the school in special measures if they visited the school at the start of September, Mr Kapur said he had no concerns when Oftsted eventually dropped by in December.
He puts this down to the dedicated team of staff he is surrounded with and their commitment to improving the school for the better.
Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.
Tags: lhs, lymm high school
Posted by Neil on Friday, 13 June 2014 at 16:12:09
Filed under: Announcements, Political, School
Ravenbank chairman joins select band of 54 and will play a pivotal role.
The chairman of governors at a Lymm primary school has joined a select band of people in a national job.
Liz Green, who heads up the governing body at Ravenbank Primary School in Lymm, will now support other chairmen on improving school performance.
She is one of only 54 governors to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Governance (NLG) in the latest recruitment round by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
Lesley Sweeney, head teacher of Ravenbank Community Primary School, said: “As this is only my second term in post, I am delighted to be working alongside a National Leader of Governance.
“Warrington has a strong established culture of sharing expertise and it is wonderful that Ravenbank can play a pivotal role in supporting other schools.”
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “Governors play an essential role as leaders in our schools – they are the people who appoint head teachers and hold them to account. “High-quality governance is vital for improving school performance and it is fantastic that chairs of governors like Liz Green are willing to step up and look beyond their own school in order to help others who will benefit from their support.”
Leaders will provide coaching and can support their counterparts in a range of different ways – for example in using data effectively to improve school performance or by providing more effective support and challenge for their head teacher.
Article courtesy of This is Cheshire.
Tags: ravenbank, governors
Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 14:38:06
Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Competitions
Sean Neary's promising start to the Ducati TriOptions Cup Championship 2014 continued with a podium finish at Donington Park.
The Lymm rider's second place in the World Superbike round proves his greatest achievement to date and saw him maintain fourth spot in the championship.
The mymate.co.uk Ducati Coventry-backed rider missed out on a podium finish by 0.1secs, setting the fastest lap, at Brands Hatch a round previous and is now determined to continue his good form.
"It was a fantastic weekend all in all," said the 27-year-old. It's been a flying start to the 2014 season for the mymate.co.uk team and definitely my greatest achievement to date to stand on the podium at the World Superbike round.
"My target prior to the season was a top five finish in the championship but I obviously want to push on further than this.
"We have made great progress and the mymate team have been fantastic along with Ducati Coventry.
"There are some very good racers in the championship so it?s never easy to stand on the podium."
Tags: superbike, Sean Neary
Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 12:42:58
Filed under: Announcements, Interview, Charity, General, Village centre
A team of 22 people linked to Lymm Baptist Church, will be heading out to South Africa on 11th July to build homes for families that don’t have one , returning on the 21st July. They will be joining young people from across the country to form a team of 100 from across the UK.
ReBuild is a life-changing overseas experience for young people, that will transform their lives and bring hope to a family trapped by poverty. It is an eleven-day experience where you build a new home for a poor family in South Africa , right from the foundations upwards, in a few short days using just hand tools! Then you can hand over the keys and see the reaction as you literally change one family's lives forever.
Gabriella Instone, who has been to Mexico twice, is heading to South Africa this Summer says "Going to Mexico made me see how lucky and fortunate we are in this country, they had the bare minimum and we provided a basic house and you could see how much it means to them when you hand over the keys"
"With just five weeks until the team leave fundraising efforts are ramping up , there are lots of fun ways to help support including a quiz night, ladies night and we’ll be on the May Queen Field too. Details of all these are available at https://www.facebook.com/lymmrebuild2014.
For more information on this ReBuild trip, please contact Deb Instone on 01925 755942 or email email@example.com.
Tags: young people, charity, africa