Steve Carey, Chair of Governors, writes:

I am writing to let you know that our interim Head Teacher, Mr Whelan, has been diagnosed with a condition that is likely to mean that he will be absent from school for the rest of the term.  Everyone at the school wishes Mr Whelan a speedy recovery.  I am sure that parents and pupils will keep Mr Whelan in their thoughts and prayers.

The school remains in good hands, however, and arrangements have been made to cover Mr Whelan’s absence.  Mr Gibbons, Deputy Headteacher, and Dr Caldwell, acting Deputy Headteacher, will take over Mr Whelan’s responsibilities until the end of the term.  We are also looking to agree an arrangement which will see Mr Kelly, the newly appointed Headteacher who is due to take up his post in September 2018, spend more time at the school between now and the end of term.

Mr Whelan has done an excellent job since his appointment in September 2017 and the Governing Body has every confidence that the cover arrangements will continue to see the school expertly led. 

Finally, the GCSE examinations which started this week for Year 11 pupils will not be affected by Mr Whelan’s absence or the cover arrangements that have been put in place.

Mr Whelan writes:

My apologies for being out of action at this time: it is deeply frustrating and disappointing. I will miss the day to day conversations that I have with the young people from the Cardinal Heenan community.   I would like to send my best wishes to Year 11 pupils starting their GCSE examinations this week. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

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