Head’s leadership steered school through a crisis

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A mark of great leadership is how you steer your team through a crisis.

Headteacher Steve Mort deserves every praise coming to him for the way he has led staff, pupils and parents at Corpus Christi Catholic College following the tragic killing of teacher Ann Maguire.

The Ofsted report published today that recognises how the school has moved from a “requires improvement” rating to “good” underlines what everyone involved at the college has achieved.

Mr Mort’s ambition, passion and high expectations were praised by inspectors as having driven rapid improvement at the school.

Undoubtedly, these three qualities would have helped him to lead the school through the traumatic events of April 2014 when Mrs Maguire was stabbed in her classroom.

At the time of the last inspection in 2013, he and his team set themselves robust targets for improvement and were determined not to let those tragic events derail those plans - they owed it to the children and to Mrs Maguire.

The school pulled together with the support of the police, city council and other colleagues in other schools to emerge a better place.

As Mr Mort puts is today: “We continue to remember Ann in our prayers and we know she would have been very proud so see Corpus achieve this judgement.”

Confidence in city getting stronger

More evidence of a growing confidence in our city comes with the news of further development of a former hotel site.

This newspaper has already reported on plans for part of the former Merrion Hotel to be converted into a ground-floor restaurant in celeberity chef Marco Pierre White’s name.

Now more details have been released about plans for the rest of the site that include a 134-bedroom hotel and the conversion of existing retail untis to be used as restaurants or bars. This will significantly enhance the visitor experience to this part of the city centre, opening up more potential for further development and investment.