Headteacher on ‘temporary leave of absence’ following Estyn inspection

Wales Online is reporting that the headteacher of a Cardiff “super school” has taken “temporary leave of absence” following a recent Estyn inspection…

Karen Gittins was appointed as the headteacher of Eastern High School on Newport Road in May 2013.

Last week, it was discovered that Ms Gittins is no longer working as executive headteacher at the school.

We understand that Eastern High School was subjected to a week-long Estyn inspection from December 1 to 5 and “from leadership through to curriculum Eastern High School did not come out satisfactory in any respects”.

An estimated 1,500 pupils attend the school, which rose out of the fusion of Llanrumney and Rumney high schools.

Ms Gittins, who had experience “federating” two schools in England, had a starting salary of £110,000 – plus a relocation package worth £5,000 and was responsible for merging Llanrumney and Rumney under one banner.

At the time of her appointment Ms Gittins said she was “well aware of the challenges ahead” but “with a united vision and a clear focus on improving outcomes for our students, success is assured”.

Cardiff council previously said Ms Gittins, who studied at Cardiff University, had “vast experience” in raising standards and developing leadership potential…

Our source said: “It’s very difficult for the headteacher.

“I don’t know if it was a personal decision or whether she was encouraged to go…”

Cabinet member for education and skills councillor Julia Magill said the local authority is providing “ongoing support” to the management at Eastern High School…

The full Estyn inspection is expected to be published on February 6, 2015…

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