School con­firms new head’s name

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ORM­SKIRK School has con­firmed the iden­tity of its new head teacher. Gov­er­nors at the high school have ap­pointed Martin Wit­ter to lead the school and he will take charge af­ter Easter 2019.

Mr Wit­ter will be join­ing from Lady­bridge High School in Bolton and gov­er­nors say they are con­fi­dent that he can “lead our school com­mu­nity on its jour­ney of self-im­prove­ment for the ben­e­fit of all our cur­rent and fu­ture pupils”.

An­nounc­ing the news, chair of gov­er­nors Ge­orge Slaw­isnki de­scribed Mr Wit­ter as a “suc­cess­ful head­teacher with a proven track record”.

The role had been ad­ver­tised na­tion­ally, which gov­er­nors said at­tracted a “wide field of the best pos­si­ble can­di­dates”.

Mr Wit­ter was of­fered the job af­ter two days of rig­or­ous in­ter­views.

Last year at Orm­skirk School, 75% of stu­dents achieved “stan­dard” passes in English and maths, with 50% achiev­ing “strong” passes at Grade 5 or above.

In a let­ter sent to par­ents, Mr Slaw­in­ski said: “We be­lieve that Mr Wit­ter will con­tinue to build and de­velop the strong links that our school al­ready has with you all and that he will strive to pro­mote the high­est ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of achieve­ment and be­hav­iour as­pi­ra­tions which al­ready ex­ist in our school.

“I would like to re­as­sure you that in­terim ar­range­ments for the spring term will be in the form of a tem­po­rary co-head­ship in the most ca­pa­ble hands of Mrs K Smith (deputy head­teacher) and Mr A Wood (se­nior as­sis­tant head­teacher).

“They will be sup­ported by Mr Wit­ter (head­teacher des­ig­nate) who will be on hand and in­formed of any ma­jor de­ci­sions.

“There will also be sup­port from our school part­ner, Mr Pear­son (for­mer head­teacher of Hut­ton Gram­mar School).

Gov­er­nors con­sider this ar­range­ment will cre­ate a most ca­pa­ble team for the one term in ques­tion and re­main grate­ful to them for their loy­alty to our school.”

Po­lice closed Orm­skirk Road, Bick­er­staffe, af­ter a late night crash

Orm­skirk school, in Wi­gan Road

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