The End of an Era – Mrs McCormack’s Retirement

Friday 1st April 2016 marks the final day of Headteacher, Mrs McCormack’s tenure at South Wirral High School. Beginning in September 1997, Mrs McCormack has been instrumental in leading the school through significant changes as well as overseeing some of the most exciting and important events in the academic calendar.

Over the years, Mrs McCormack has entered many Great Northern Runs – too many to list and raised so much money for charity, but why stop there? Good enough for some Headteachers, but not Mrs McCormack! The list of the good work she has done is endless; she oversaw an entire rebuild of the school, pioneered Multi-Agency meetings, always with students at the centre of her heart, and arranged many visits from the Royal Family, Politicians, and victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Three Ofsted Inspections served to illustrate how well the school was working on her watch, as well as events such as the Multicultural Event, yet another inspiration of Mrs McCormack, a real visionary Headteacher.

Another significant point in Mrs McCormack’s career was recognition of South Wirral High School’s Visual and Performing Arts status, and then later, Maths and Computing, elevating the school on a national level. Mrs McCormack was instrumental in these awards, propelling South Wirral High School into the high-achieving schools’ arena.

We asked staff and students what Mrs McCormack meant to them.

“It has been a pleasure working with Mrs McCormack for 15 years now; it will be sad to see her go.”
Janette Holt, Office Manager.

“Mrs McCormack is an exceptional leader who is incredibly supportive of all her students. She brings a warm and friendly atmosphere to the school. We will all miss her.”
Ryan Ellison, Year 13

“Mrs McCormack leaves behind an incredible legacy, operating an open door policy to staff and students and creating an environment where students can flourish. Her approach to leadership has ensured South Wirral High School is an excellent place to work, and attend.”
Mr Favager, Head of Psychology

“It has been a delight to work alongside Mrs McCormack, and I have been inspired by her drive, compassion and child-centered approach. I wish her a very enjoyable retirement and best wishes for the future.”
Mr Neal, Head of Sixth Form

“Having children at South Wirral meant I knew they would be supported well, and be successful here. Mrs McCormack was influential in their achievement.”
Jayne, Parent

“Mrs McCormack has been an exceptional school leader over the last twenty years. She has given South Wirral High School a national reputation. She has been an inspiration to generations of students and staff and her legacy will live on.
Mr Goodwin, Deputy Headteacher

Goodbye, Mrs McCormack. Good luck and thank-you for all you have done for the school, staff and students.