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‘Dynamo’ executive headteacher retires from Croesyceiliog School

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A pupil presents flowers to Elspeth Lewis (Photo: Croesyceiliog School)

The executive headteacher of Croesyceiliog School has been described as a “dynamo” on her retirement.

Elspeth Lewis had her final day at the school last week. She started in 2020 when the school was placed in special measures. Following a visit In November 2021, Estyn inspectors confirmed the school had made progress and would be removed from special measures.

At the time she said: “The school community, students, staff and the governing body thoroughly deserve this very positive monitoring report.  Since I commenced leading the school I have been delighted with the resolve of all members of our school community to improve the overall quality of education at Croesyceiliog.

“We are lucky to have a wonderful school building and our students and staff are rightly proud of what has been achieved so far.  Our aim is to build upon this progress ensuring we provide rich and engaging learning in and out of the classroom, develop students that are kind and have the skills, knowledge and attributes to lead successful lives.”

‘A dynamo’

At this week’s full Council meeting, Cllr Richard Clark, Croesyceiliog Ward and deputy leader and executive member for education, said: “I would definitely offer my thanks to her. I’m sure she has contributed significantly to the school coming out of special measures. The lady is a dynamo, unbelievable whirlwind. You get caught up in the enthusiasm that the lady has.”

Cllr Richards said Natalie Richards, the new headteacher, would start in September. Ms Richards currently works at Cardiff West Community High School.

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‘Dynamo’ executive headteacher retires from Croesyceiliog School