Headteacher of Tonypandy Community College Helen O’Sullivan is preparing to bid farewell to students and staff as she retires from her post in September 2016.

Mrs O’Sullivan has given excellent service to the students and wider community during her 19 years of dedicated service to the College and always placed the best interest of the students at the centre of her role-decision making

She joined the teaching profession in 1981 and came to Tonypandy Community College in 1997 where she joined the Senior Leadership as a Senior Teacher and was promoted to Assistant Head, Deputy Head and finally Headteacher in 2009.

“As Headteacher I have been fortunate to work with some exceptional governors, staff, students and parents who have made me feel proud of their respect for each other, their positive attitudes and determination to improve in everything they do,” she said.

“The role of Headship is both a privilege and a pleasure and impacts on students’ lives and opportunities. Many major changes will take place in the secondary education system in the local authority and the time is right for a new Headteacher to take the helm.”

Academically Tonypandy Community College recently received the highest examination results in its history, a fact acknowledged by PiXl, the country’s largest partnership of schools.

The College has also been re-categorised by the local authority to a more relevant 3C Amber which displays its on going success and aspirations for the future.

The improvement in performance has been incredibly exciting and placing the College at the centre of the Community has been paramount.

Mrs O’Sullivan paid particular tribute to the Governing Body on her retirement. She said: “During my time I fully appreciated the significant role that the Governing Body has provided both to me as Headteacher and the staff and student body.

“It has governed with rigour and challenge and has made every decision in the best interest of the students.

“For the 9 years I’ve been the headteacher, Mr Eddie Griffiths has been the Chair of Governors with Mrs Karen Roberts as Vice Chair. Both have been exceptional and I would like to formally acknowledge their support.”

Mrs O’Sullivan also thanked the staff, students and parents with whom she’s worked closely during her time as Headteacher, always ensuring she is available at all times.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Tonypandy and want to thank all students, staff, governors and the wider community for their support and commitment,” she added.

“Whilst the role of Headship presents many challenges there have been many memorable occasions that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Tonypandy and the Mid Rhondda”

Tonypandy Community College Deputy Headteacher Kirsty Retallick will take on the Acting Headteacher role in September 2016.DSC_5746 2