THE headteacher of a school in Rhyl in special measures has resigned, having been absent since last November.

Amanda Preston, who was head of Christ the Word Catholic School on Cefndy Road, tendered her resignation, which was accepted by its governors.

Christ the Word has also elected a new chair of governors, after its previous incumbent, Louise McCabe-Allen, left the role.

When contacted by the Journal, Mrs McCabe-Allen said she left the role after her daughter finished at the school in June.


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A Denbighshire County Council spokesperson said: “Mrs Preston has tendered her resignation and it has been accepted by the chair of governors.

“Mr John Droog was elected as the new chair of governors.

“In every school, the governing body work to fill vacancies in line with recruitment policies. Christ the Word will be no different.”

The school’s deputy head was also reported as absent last November.

Bernadette Thomas has been appointed as the school’s acting head since then.

Christ the Word was put in special measures following an Estyn report published in July 2022, after an inspection took place the previous May.

Since entering special measures, it has also appointed a new member to its governing body specifically to address safeguarding concerns.

The £23million school opened in September 2019 and caters for children between three and 16 years old.

It replaced secondary school, Blessed Edward Jones Catholic School, and primary school, Ysgol Mair.