The principal of Winsford Academy is stepping down from the role he has held for the past four years after a period of ill health.

Andrew-Taylor Edwards, who has returned to work following a period of absence to serve out his notice, has been praised for his ‘distinguished service’ to the Grange Lane school.

It is expected his replacement will be appointed in the spring term.

In a letter to parents and guardians, chair of governors Joanne Watkins said: “I know you will join me in thanking Mr Taylor-Edwards for his distinguished service to both the Verdin High School and the academy over the past 16 years.

“He was instrumental in the foundation of the academy and has created the opportunity for our students to achieve their potential in a wonderful new building.”

Winsford Academy
Winsford Academy

The board of governors will meet on December 15 to plan the recruitment of a new principal at the ‘earliest opportunity’ in the spring term.

“We will make this transition as smooth as possible and keep parents informed of our progress,” Ms Watkins added.

The Fallibroome Multi-Academy Trust took over sponsorship of Winsford Academy in September last year, after the secondary school was one of 10 removed from former sponsor E-ACT’s portfolio by the Department for Education.

Executive principal of the Fallibroome Trust Peter Rubery has been supporting Winsford Academy’s leadership team during Mr Taylor-Edwards’ absence.