Strategic board brought in at Ysgol Bodedern

Geograph / Eric Jones

Anglesey Council says it will bring in a new board to help run a secondary school after a ”challenging period”.

Last week, Catrin Jones Hughes resigned as headteacher at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern, citing a ”period of illness” for her decision.

It follows a number of concerns, including a lack of full-time staff and fears over exam results. Last August, BBC Wales reported staff at the school had passed a vote of no confidence against Mrs Hughes.

Ysgol Bodedern has also been classed red by the Welsh Government, meaning it requires up to 25 days a year of outside support and intervention. It’s the only school on Anglesey to be ranked at the lowest grade in the national rating system.

Emyr Williams, a former teacher at Bodedern, has been appointed as temporary headteacher until a permanent chief is appointed. He will also continue in charge at Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge.

The council says it will appoint a strategic improvement board to support and work with staff and governors at the school.

Mr Williams said he would ensure pupils were their main priority – particularly those sitting their GCSEs and A-Levels this summer.

He added: ”I am, of course, keenly aware of the concerns of both pupils and parents. Working with the board, we will provide the support needed for Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern to turn a corner and make tangible progress in driving standards forward.”

Officials from the Welsh Government, Estyn, GwE and the council will form part of the strategic board, which will start work later this month. Its progress will be reviewed after each term over the course of the next year.

Councillor Meirion Jones, the council’s member for education, said: ”The county council’s learning service and partners have been supporting the school. However, these additional steps are being taken to ensure further progress and for the benefit of the pupils.”

”The decision was not taken lightly and is in the best interests of pupils and staff. Both Emyr Williams and the board will work with and support the governing body and senior leadership team – providing additional expert leadership and management guidance.”

”I believe that we will make progress by working closely together.”

The school’s governors say they’ll start the process of recruiting a new permanent headteacher later this week.

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