Head leaves as governors call for progress

Todmorden High School
Todmorden High School

A new headteacher has been appointed at Todmorden High School as part of changes being introduced to increase the pace of improvements.

The school has made significant progress over the past few years, especially in terms of exam results, but the governing body has decided that more needs to be done.

It has engaged the services of a national leader of education (NLE) and a national support school.

After nearly 15 years at Todmorden High, headteacher Helen Plaice has decided to move on and a new leadership team has been put in place.

Helen said: “I firmly believe that students should be at the heart of what we do.

“I have taken enormous pride and pleasure in playing a part in their progress through school and supporting them in their next steps.

“My hope is that Todmorden High School will continue on its journey of improvement, putting students first and remaining at the heart of its community.”

Andrew Whitaker has been appointed acting headteacher and will remain in post until a permanent appointment is made.

Adam Ryder is the acting deputy headteacher.

John Townsley, who is currently the executive principal of The Morley and Farnley Academies in Leeds, has been appointed the school’s NLE.

Todmorden High’s governors and staff are keen to learn as much as they can from John and his team.

Adam and Andrew are both part of John’s team and will work alongside deputy headteacher Chris Wilcocks and the rest of the senior leadership group.

Andrew said: “Both Adam and myself have been warmly welcomed by the Todmorden High School community.

“We are passionate about working with all stakeholders to ensure that provision at Todmorden High School is outstanding for all students and staff.”

After the half-term holiday, a four-point plan for the school will be implemented.

“It will include a greater focus on uniform, teaching and learning, clear consistency on leadership and management, use of data and progress to ensure that students, irrespective of backgrounds, are entitled to the best opportunity an outstanding education will bring,” Andrew said.