FOUR members of Kingsway High's governing body have resigned from their posts following a row over the appointment of a head.
Local education authority-appointed governors Louis Mitchell, David Mead and John Butler this week handed in their resignations alongside co-opted member Brian Blun-dell.
The rebellion comes just a week after the governing body appointed Kingsway deputy head Karen Dunn as acting head.
Ms Dunn, who takes over from Rudheath High School head Mike Hayhurst, will hold the post until December when governors hope to appoint a new head to take the school forward.
Her appointment is said to have been opposed by the 'gang of four' who were in favour of an 'outside' qualified academic professional who would have been able to look at Kingsway's problems objectively.
The resignations came as a 'partial' surprise to Kath Lloyd, chair of governors, this week who says none of the four resigning governors have children at Kingsway.
'I believe these four governors were not happy with some of the decisions taken,' she said.
'All four of them have had a lot of experience representing Kingsway but they have been out-voted on a couple of issues.
'I don't think they are fans of Dr David Gower (former Kingsway head). There have been personality clashes.'
Although the four governors will be replaced by Cheshire's local education authority, their departure will be a blow to the governing body due to their wealth of experience.
Their departure also comes at a critical time when parents, campaigners and governors are calling on Cheshire education chiefs to save Kingsway High from the axe.
Louis Mitchell chaired the governing body's finance committee, David Mead was once chairman of governors and John Butler, was a former vice-chairman of governors.
Brian Blundell declined to comment in full on the reasons for his resignation but said all four resigning governors were supportive of King-sway and would like to see it saved from closure.
However, he confirmed the four were in favour of appointing a new independent head to take Kingsway forward.
'We were responsible for bringing in Ashley Rogers as Kingsway's administration manager. He came in fresh and has been incredible for the school, especially looking at the school's finances as a whole. We all felt bringing in an outside head was very, very important.'
The next parents meeting will be held at Kingsway High on Monday, April 19 at 7pm. The following week, April 16, there will be a fundraising dinner at Francs, Cuppin Street, Chester. Tickets £15.