Education chiefs announce new head at school

CAROL WALSH: She will move from being head teacher at Marown to Ballacottier in September

CAROL WALSH: She will move from being head teacher at Marown to Ballacottier in September

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CAROL Walsh has been appointed head teacher of Ballacottier School, in Farmhill.

Mrs Walsh, who is currently head teacher at Marown School, in Glen Vine, will take over the role from John Rhodes in September.

Mr Rhodes retires this summer after 33 years in teaching, 13 as head of Ballacottier.

Mrs Walsh will become the second head of the school, which opened in Clybane Road in 1998.

‘I am very excited to be joining Ballacottier School and look forward to continuing the excellent work of Mr Rhodes and his team,’ she said.

‘The school is larger than Marown so an early challenge will be to learn the children’s names and get to know my new colleagues, governors and parents.

‘I am, of course, sad to be leaving the wonderful children, staff, parents and community of Marown and would like to thank everyone for all the support they have given me during my time there as head teacher.’

Mrs Walsh went to Murray’s Road Primary School, Douglas, and Douglas High School.

She graduated with a degree from Lancaster University in 1986.

She taught in Oldham and Leyland, before spending 10 years in senior management within industry. She returned to the island and education in 2001 and taught at Laxey School, then Arbory School as deputy head teacher, before becoming head at Marown School in January 2006.

She was awarded her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2006, followed by a masters degree in educational leadership from Manchester University in 2009.

Mrs Walsh lives with her husband in the south and enjoys skiing, sailing, walking and reading.

Ballacottier School has 303 pupils.

The Department of Education and Children is due to advertise the Marown headship shortly.

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