The Chair of Darwen Vale High School Governing Body, Mr Geoff Bean, has written to parents today to tell them that Principal Mrs Fiona Jack will be retiring at the end of this academic year.
In his letter Mr Bean said:
“Mrs Jack has been working as a teacher since 1982 and has decided that the timing is right for her to move on to the next phase of her life.”
“Mrs Jack has guided the school through a challenging period of change, and has been uncompromising in her dedication to secure the very best for our current and future students. In the summer she will leave a very secure school well equipped for an exciting future, but until then she will continue to lead the school and be available to parents as normal.”
Mrs Jack said to parents in the letter:
““As you know I am very passionate about Darwen Vale and believe it is well on the way to becoming the outstanding provision our pupils deserve. It has been a privilege to lead this school over the recent years, working with committed staff and inspirational young people. I have always valued the support we get from parents and the wider community and can only see great things for Darwen Vale moving forward.”
“I have no plans for my own future at the moment – other than to stand still, breathe and enjoy a break! After a long career in education I am going to take my time in considering what exciting things I might get involved in, or not! Whatever those are I know I will take with me great memories of everything we have achieved together at Vale including, I’m sure, some great achievements over the next three months.”
The Aldridge North West Education Trust has already started the process of recruiting Mrs Jack’s permanent replacement and Mr. David Hallam has been appointed as Acting Principal to ensure continuity of leadership for the school.