Headteacher resigns from Stevenage school

THE headteacher of a Stevenage school handed in his resignation today (Wednesday).

Patrick Marshall, who was appointed as head of Marriotts School in January 2002, stepped down with immediate effect this morning due to “personal reasons”.

The school in Telford Avenue was visited by Ofsted on February 8 and 9 but the inspection’s findings have not yet been published.

Andy Peary, chair of governors at the school, told The Comet: “I can confirm he has resigned from Marriotts School and it is for personal reasons.

“In the interim period Ian Dougall, the associate headteacher, will be the acting headteacher. The local authority are assisting the school with finding a replacement.”

The secondary school is currently undergoing a �43m redevelopment scheme which will house pupils at the current site as well as those at nearby Lonsdale School for children with physical and neurological disabilities. The superstructure of the new school buildings at Marriotts was completed last month and celebrated with a topping out ceremony.

In a letter addressed to students, parents and carers, Mr Peary added: “I wish to take this opportunity of thanking him for his commitment and dedication to the school and its community during the 10 years he has been headteacher.

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“We have made excellent strides, and the new school from which we will all benefit, is a testament to his imagination, vision and energy. I believe we have all benefitted from his time at Marriotts.

“We will continue to build on his legacy to ensure the school becomes more effective in providing for our children now and in the future.”

Regarding the Ofsted report, a spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “We are awaiting Ofsted’s findings, which are expected four to six weeks after the inspection. Neither Hertfordshire County Council nor the school can comment further until then.”