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April 2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

As you will be aware, I am leaving Ripley at Easter to take up a new position as Headteacher of The Deanery High School in Wigan. This, therefore, will be my final letter to you as Principal of our school.

Can I thank you sincerely for the support you have given me both in my role as Principal and in the twelve years I have worked here. Ripley is an incredibly special place and it will always hold a dear place in my heart.

Since its creation in 1864 our school has seen many changes in leadership. Throughout that time period, it has retained its characteristic spirit and ethos, founded on the philanthropy of Thomas and Julia Ripley and rooted in its Christian faith and foundation. Ripley will, I am sure, continue to go from strength to strength in the future, and remain a place where children flourish and experience an outstanding education within the context of Christian values.

May God continue to bless our school and the Ripley family.

‘Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish’ Psalm 92:13

Yours faithfully

Mr M Wood



5 April 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am happy to inform you that, following a two day interview this week, the governors have appointed a new Principal, Mrs. Gill Jackson, who will take up her post in September.

Mrs. Jackson is currently Headteacher at Archbishop Temple School in Preston. Thus, with Mrs. Nicholls as Acting Principal for the summer term and Mrs. Jackson in place for September, Ripley is assured of a stable and secure transition. 

I wish you all a blessed Easter.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs J Garnett

Chair of Governors