THE chair of governors of a primary school in the Knutsford area that was placed into ‘special measures’ last week has resigned from his post.

As reported in the Guardian, Peover Superior Primary School, on Stocks Lane, was visited by an Ofsted inspector in January and was found to be failing in three of the four key areas – falling two categories, from ‘Good’ to ‘Inadequate’.

The school will now be closely monitored by the regulatory body.

Lisa Hesmondhalgh, who took up Peover Superior’s head teacher post in September 2013, said: “While this is a challenging time for the school I have every confidence that Peover Superior has the capacity for rapid and sustained improvement.”

But this week Gareth Cunningham, chair of governors, announced to parents in a letter that he would be stepping down from the role.

“Having had time to reflect on the events of the past few weeks I have decided to step down as the chair of the Governing Body with immediate effect,” he said.

“It is now time for a fresh pair of hands to take the school forward.

“I have enjoyed my eight years, or so, as a school governor – including the last year as chair.

“During that period the Governing Body has successfully addressed a number of significant challenges facing the school.

“My sincere hope is that the much admired ethos of the school will continue to enable it to produce well-rounded and balanced young people, who are best equipped to move on from Peover to secondary education.

“I wish you and, most importantly, your children all the very best for the future.”