Acting leader drafted in after head resigns

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A temporary leader has been drafted in to a Lancashire high school after its headteacher’s sudden departure.

Steve Tattersall, headteacher at St Cecilia’s RC High School in Longridge, announced he was stepping down after four years, following a period of ill-health.

Paul Trickett, of Rhyddings High School in Oswaldwistle, has now been called in to take over the reins at the school, which had been criticised by Ofsted, until a permanent replacement can be found.

Mr Tattersall revealed he had stepped down “after a period of ill health since March and a time for reflection”, and was looking to plan new things for himself and his family.

He said: “I am leaving with fond memories of the school where I feel privileged to have been head.”

A letter to parents from August 6 was posted on the school’s website, which said the school was informed of the resignation on the last day of term.

Acting headteacher, Paul Trickett, said: “Unfortunately, owing to health problems, Mr Tattersall decided to resign at the end of the summer term.

“As there wasn’t enough time to recruit a replacement for the start of this term, the county council and the local diocese asked me whether I’d be able to step in to provide the school with support on a temporary basis. I was delighted to help. I’ve only been here a few days but it’s already clear to me that this is a wonderful school with plenty of potential.”

The school was criticised in October last year and Ofsted inspectors said it required improvement. The watchdog found there was “not enough good teaching”, and a monitoring report in November said senior leaders, governors and the local authority were “not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement”.