School confirms new head’s name
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.”