The Manchester Evening News is reporting that what it calls ‘a root and branch review’ is underway at a local academy where a headteacher is under investigation.
It is understood the board of governors is now being scrutinised at St Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe.
The headteacher, Fiona Minshall, has been off since September due to ‘personal reasons’ and faces an investigation into ‘leadership and management’.
During Mrs Minshall’s absence a separate review into the way the school is governed has been launched.
A power struggle between the board of governors and the Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust is believed to be at the heart of the review.
St Paul’s became part of the trust – also known as a multi academy trust – in 2013…
Sources close to the school say the shake-up could see the board of governors forced out as soon as next week…
John Gretton, chair of Governors, said no final decision had been made and the board was operating as usual.
In letter due to be sent out to parents on Wednesday morning, Mr Gretton said: “As we start the new term I wanted to update you as to the leadership and management arrangements at St Paul’s Catholic High School as there has been some misinformation posted on social media.
Parents have complained about the lack of transparency at the school regarding Mrs Minshall’s absence…
I know there are usually good reasons, but yet again it seems the parents are the last to know what is going on.
The inevitable consequence is much speculation on social media, which cannot be in anyone’s best interest.
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