Parents of youngsters at a troubled school have spoken out to defend the headteacher.
Kathy McNicholas, headteacher of Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College, is taking a break from school for ‘personalreasons’.
Parents received a letter home last week, explaining the deputy headteacher had taken over the role in her absence.It comes in the same week as a new chairman of governors has stepped in, following plans by staff to strike last Wednesday, which were later called off.
Some angry parents have been taking to social media to blast the management for not keeping them informed of the changes taking place at the Royal Avenue school, which was partially destroyed by a fire in September. But other parents have spoken out to defend the headteacher, who took over the reigns from Mike Wright in 2012, and said it was wrong for teachers to threaten strike action so close to Year 11 pupils sitting their GCSE exams.
One dad said: “Some of us are really angry about what’s being said about Miss McNicholas; it’s a disgrace. It’s just a small number of teachers who are against her, those who don’t like change. She’s being made out to be the wicked witch. It’s like a witch hunt.”
Another parent said online: “There are obvious issues relating to leadership at the school following the departure of a long-standing and well-liked and respected head, Mr Wright, and the fire has been something any headteacher would find difficult to address and overcome.
“As a parent, I feel Miss McNicholas has done a remarkable job in the worst possible situation at the start of her headship.”