THE head teacher of a failing Widnes primary school has resigned through ill health.

Martin Quinn, who has been on long term sick leave, has stepped down from West Bank primary school which was placed in special measures following a scathing Ofsted inspection.

Mr Quinn said: “I would like to thank the amazing children of West Bank. I genuinely wish them the very best for the future.They are an absolute credit and they deserve the very best opportunities and experiences.

“I have had the privilege to work with some fabulous staff, governors and parents and I will leave West Bank with fond memories.”

Experts now running the school believe it is on the road to recovery.

Dr Harry Ziman, chairman of the Interim Executive Board, said: “We are all very confident about the future of the school. We will see our way out of special measures.

“Staff morale is high. We are making good headway.

“An Ofsted inspection is imminent and should be positive. We have achieved a lot.”

Karen Highcock, deputy head teacher of Farnworth CE Primary School, seconded part time to West Bank, will now lead the school full time as associate head teacher until a head teacher is appointed.

Consultation on turning the school into an Academy begins after Whit.

Children have started extra curricular activities.

Dr Ziman said: “We have seen significant changes. We are drawing on the expertise of others and sharing best practice.

“The school has been working closely with Wade Deacon, Farnworth and Upton Heath CE School in Chester.

“A new behaviour management system has been introduced.

“We are absolutely determined to continue the journey of school improvement.

“Parents are very supportive and we know how important this school is to the West Bank community.”