The Head Teacher of Golborne High, Mrs Alison Gormally, has announced this week that she is to step down, just months after leading the school to an ‘Outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted.
Mrs Gormally, who has worked at the school for 19 years, with the last nine spent as Head Teacher, wrote to parents this week to let them know she had taken the “difficult decision” to resign.
In her letter, she explained: “It has been an honour and joy to lead such an incredible school but there comes a times when, as a Headteacher, you have to take the difficult decision to explore new opportunities and spend more time with your family.”
She went on: “I have deeply loved being Headteacher at Golborne High and watching it flourish into a beacon of excellence. Now is the time for my journey as Headteacher to end and for Golborne to be taken to its next phase by a new Headteacher.”
Under Mrs Gormally’s leadership, the school has gone from strength to strength. Performance at GCSE is at an all time high, and due to its increased popularity with local families, the school is consistently oversubcribed. To help meet demand, the school was permitted to increase its intake, and has recieved funding through local developments to expand its buildings and facilities. It briefly considered forming a multi-academy trust with Winstanley College, but following a public consultation last spring, the plans were dropped.
Undoubtable the icing on the cake for Mrs Gormally’s leadership was the recent inspection by Ofsted, which found Golborne High to be Outstanding in all areas. She had made no secret of her ambition to achieve this top rating, since the previous inspection in 2020 judged the school to be ‘Good with potential to become Outstanding’.
In finding the school to have reached the highest standards, inspectors wrote in their report that leadership in the school has created “subject curriculums are highly ambitious, carefully thought out and designed well” and that under Mrs Gormally’s stewardship, “teachers are clear about what pupils need to know and when this content should be taught.”
We now know that not long after the inspectors left the school in January, she tendered her resignation to Governors, intending to give them as long as possible to hunt for her replacement.
In her letter to parents, she described the Ofsted judement as “the highlight of my 30 year teaching career.”
Mrs Gormally also explained that she had tendered her resignation in February, but would not be leaving her post until December 2023. In the meantime, she pledged to “continue to dedicate myself to ensuring that we deliver an exceptional education for the children of Golborne and Lowton”.
And whoever her successor is will surely have big boots to fill – not only retaining the high standards that have been put in place, but also steering the school through an exciting new era. This could include an entirely new school campus being created, thanks to funding which is in place from the Department for Education as part of the Schools Rebuilding Project. It means the school can now choose between a brand new school building, or significant re-build of its current structure, in order to create the very best learning environment for pupils.