Sheffield headteacher quits job

The headteacher of a Sheffield comprehensive school has quit.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 8:29 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am
Westfield School

Andy Ireland's decision to leave Westfield School was announced in a letter sent to parents today.

The letter states that the headteacher has already left the school.

It states that he wishes to 'follow other career plans' and it is believed that parents and pupils were not aware of his decision to leave before today's letter was sent out.

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The letter, signed by the chairman of the school's board of governors, Claire Sellars, said: "He has asked me to forward his best wishes for the future to all involved with the school.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Ireland on behalf of the school community and also wish him well for the future."

The school is currently in consultation over converting to an academy with a view to joining the Silverdale Multi Academy Trust.

Roisin Paul, headteacher of Silverdale School in Bents Green, has been appointed as the interim head of Westfield School following Mr Ireland's decision to leave.

The letter reads: "There will be some further adjustments of roles and responsibilities within the team to ensure the smooth day to day running of the school.

"I know that Mrs Paul will be in touch with parents and carers once she has started, to share her vision for our school.

"Given her experience in leading Silverdale as an outstanding school, I look forward to the excellent ideas and commitment she will bring.

"I know we are facing a period of change but I am confident that, by working in partnership with Silverdale, we will be able to build on the good work we have already achieved, and ensure that Westfield provides the best education possible for our children."

In 2014, the school was judged by Ofsted to 'require improvement'.