Headteacher leaves Rhyl Catholic school after 18 months


Matt Jones

THE headteacher of a Rhyl Catholic school that could merge with a another school has stepped down.

Blessed Edward Jones High School head David Lewis is leaving the school after 18 months in charge to run two Catholic high schools in the North West of England.

He said the move was “career progression” and was not motivated by proposals to merge the school with St Brigid’s in Denbigh at a new, as yet undecided, location.

Mr Lewis, 53, started at the school in July 2011 and said that standards had risen throughout the school and he expected they would continue to rise when examination results are revealed in the summer.

He said: “This is a decision based on career progression for me. I am very proud of my achievements.

“I would like to thank the students, staff, governors, the education authority and diocese for their support.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m sad to leave.”

In December it was revealed the school had moved up one place into the second band of Welsh Government benchmark data, based on the performance of schools in GCSE exam results, progress, amount of free school meals and absence levels.

GCSE results improved by more than a fifth in August with 68 per cent of students gaining 5 A*-C grades while last October an Estyn report found the school’s current performance and prospects for improvement to be “good”.

A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “The current situation with the schools headteacher is natural career progression. It would seem that nationally, the recruitment of headteachers is proving difficult as successful headteachers are highly sought after.

“We would like to reassure parents and pupils that the school will continue to run as normal and that we have robust plans in place to minimise any disruption while a new headteacher is recruited.”

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