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Headteacher At Eskdale School In Whitby Announces Retirement

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 4:22pm 12th January 2018.

The headteacher of Eskdale School in Whitby has announced her retirement for the end of the school year.

Sue Whelan has brought her retirement forward due to family illness and so that the school can appoint a new headteacher for September and in time for the start of the new academic year.

Her decision means that both secondary schools in Whitby are now seeking to appoint school leaders; Keith Prytherch announced his retirement as principal of Caedmon College last term.

Both schools were recently rated as 'good' by Ofsted. 

In a letter to parents Sue Whelan stated:

“I have been extremely privileged to be the Headteacher of Eskdale School - there are few Headteachers who have been lucky enough to serve such fantastic students, work with really great staff and have the wonderful support of so many parents and the community at large.”

Both Eskdale and Caedmon have expressed a wish to work together to ensure pupils continue to get the very best education. 

However, the governing body of each school is being supported by the county council to appoint their own headteacher and each school will retain a separate identity.

Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools, said:

“We wish to thank Sue Whelan for her leadership and dedication to the students and families of Eskdale.

 Whitby’s young people can take pride in the town’s good educational provision and the county council is committed to supporting each school so this great teaching and learning can continue.”



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