Headteacher offers his resignation so he can fly to Brazil to watch World Cup

Headteacher offers his resignation so he can fly to Brazil to watch World Cup

Mark Williams

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

First published in News
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A HEADTEACHER has quit his job to experience the excitement of the World Cup.

Mark Williams, who led High Lawn Primary School since 1996, approached governors around Easter time, telling them he wanted to leave the school to watch the tournament in Brazil.

The head has taken the school in Sharples to “good with outstanding” — an Ofsted mark he achieved twice. He flew out to South America on Wednesday.

After offering his resignation to governors, it was agreed that Mr Williams would take two weeks of unpaid leave during World Cup, before returning to the school for the rest of the summer term.
A new head will take over in September.

Mr Williams, who now is considering new challenges in education, said: “I offered my resignation to governors so I could fulfil the trip of a lifetime.

“However, it was agreed with governors that it would be best for the school for me to continue until the end of the year and have unpaid leave of absence for the two-week period.”

Mr Williams will be sharing his World Cup experiences with pupils when he gets back.

The headteacher said his plans were made before he was asked to stay on at the school.

David Kay, chairman of governors, said: “Earlier in the year, Mr Williams offered his resignation to the governing body so that he could attend the World Cup in Brazil and then pursue alternative career opportunities.

“Governors agreed that it would be in the best interests of the school to grant unpaid leave of absence for this visit but for Mr Williams to stay on for the remainder of the summer term to ensure a smooth transition into the next academic year.

“It would not have been acceptable for governors to grant unpaid leave of absence without Mr Williams offering his resignation.”

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7:30am Fri 13 Jun 14

tillyflop53 says...

a bit extreme even for a football fan ! why give up a good job to watch men running around a pitch. ah well each to his own!
a bit extreme even for a football fan ! why give up a good job to watch men running around a pitch. ah well each to his own! tillyflop53
  • Score: 16

8:03am Fri 13 Jun 14

lancashiregirl says...

IDIOT, JOB'S ARE NOT EASY TO GET TODAY, HOPE HE CAN'T CLAIM BENEITS.
IDIOT, JOB'S ARE NOT EASY TO GET TODAY, HOPE HE CAN'T CLAIM BENEITS. lancashiregirl
  • Score: -71

8:51am Fri 13 Jun 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Nice to see he's thinking about the kids education..... This is why we don't support them in strikes. They think they have special dispensation, yet won't even give a day off for a special birthday treat etc without the threat of fines etc!... Double standards.
Nice to see he's thinking about the kids education..... This is why we don't support them in strikes. They think they have special dispensation, yet won't even give a day off for a special birthday treat etc without the threat of fines etc!... Double standards. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: -10

9:01am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us.
Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us. Chrome1
  • Score: 138

9:06am Fri 13 Jun 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

If a parent had done the same thing - ie wanting to take their offspring away for 'a trip of a lifetime' during school time I think I know what the average head teachers reaction would be!

Do as I say not do as I do comes to mind ...
If a parent had done the same thing - ie wanting to take their offspring away for 'a trip of a lifetime' during school time I think I know what the average head teachers reaction would be! Do as I say not do as I do comes to mind ... Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -25

9:08am Fri 13 Jun 14

Gotmeouttathere says...

Get a grip!!! He is an adult, has offered his resignation to fulfill his dream, so of course he had considered the pupils educational needs. Had his resignation been accepted his role would have been filled by someone else. It is the governing body that requested him to continue after taking unpaid leave, which incidentally all employees are entitled to!! Pupils however are a different matter, they need their education, hence the new rules regarding taking time out during term time, Mr Williams finished his education and that is why he is head teacher not a dole dosser!!!
Get a grip!!! He is an adult, has offered his resignation to fulfill his dream, so of course he had considered the pupils educational needs. Had his resignation been accepted his role would have been filled by someone else. It is the governing body that requested him to continue after taking unpaid leave, which incidentally all employees are entitled to!! Pupils however are a different matter, they need their education, hence the new rules regarding taking time out during term time, Mr Williams finished his education and that is why he is head teacher not a dole dosser!!! Gotmeouttathere
  • Score: 109

9:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
If a parent had done the same thing - ie wanting to take their offspring away for 'a trip of a lifetime' during school time I think I know what the average head teachers reaction would be! Do as I say not do as I do comes to mind ...
You dozy twonk. Mr Williams isn't a pupil; for him it's a job. Honestly it worries me that dopies like you are walking our streets.
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: If a parent had done the same thing - ie wanting to take their offspring away for 'a trip of a lifetime' during school time I think I know what the average head teachers reaction would be! Do as I say not do as I do comes to mind ...[/p][/quote]You dozy twonk. Mr Williams isn't a pupil; for him it's a job. Honestly it worries me that dopies like you are walking our streets. Chrome1
  • Score: 68

9:13am Fri 13 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us.
Absolutely...
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us.[/p][/quote]Absolutely... Comment777
  • Score: 46

10:05am Fri 13 Jun 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

We all have our dreams.

If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change?

Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '
We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him ' Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -42

10:11am Fri 13 Jun 14

TimelordUK says...

Good luck to him. I'm not a football fan at all but I really admire his passion and bravery. He's played by the rules, and to me he's set a wonderful example to his s pupils and all his line towing staff. Get off the wheel and live.
Good luck to him. I'm not a football fan at all but I really admire his passion and bravery. He's played by the rules, and to me he's set a wonderful example to his s pupils and all his line towing staff. Get off the wheel and live. TimelordUK
  • Score: 36

10:19am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '
I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '[/p][/quote]I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours. Chrome1
  • Score: 25

10:30am Fri 13 Jun 14

Balboa says...

Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.
Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed. Balboa
  • Score: -42

10:38am Fri 13 Jun 14

bumblebeefeet says...

Ever so slightly hypocritical considering if I took my child out of school for 2 weeks for football, i'd get a massive fine and a good telling off.
Ever so slightly hypocritical considering if I took my child out of school for 2 weeks for football, i'd get a massive fine and a good telling off. bumblebeefeet
  • Score: -21

10:44am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

Balboa wrote:
Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.
Hang on; what world are you living in? You mean to say that you would actually sacrifice your future and personal hapiness for an employer; honestly you would? Wake up to reality sunshine. See where your commitment gets you when it comes to cut backs and redundancies.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.[/p][/quote]Hang on; what world are you living in? You mean to say that you would actually sacrifice your future and personal hapiness for an employer; honestly you would? Wake up to reality sunshine. See where your commitment gets you when it comes to cut backs and redundancies. Chrome1
  • Score: 33

10:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Boltonresident2012 wrote:
We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '
I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.
You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter.

I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '[/p][/quote]I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.[/p][/quote]You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter. I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks. Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -40

10:50am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

bumblebeefeet wrote:
Ever so slightly hypocritical considering if I took my child out of school for 2 weeks for football, i'd get a massive fine and a good telling off.
Not hypocritical is it Bumble, and I think you have a lack of education yourself by making that comment. As I have said before, this is a career for this headteacher, same way that you waking up in the morning and going to work (assuming you do). He clocks in and out and gets paid every month. He has a different set of standards to that of the pupils he's in charge of. My heart sinks to realise that there are people like you who clearly don't understand. Never mind, we tolerate.
[quote][p][bold]bumblebeefeet[/bold] wrote: Ever so slightly hypocritical considering if I took my child out of school for 2 weeks for football, i'd get a massive fine and a good telling off.[/p][/quote]Not hypocritical is it Bumble, and I think you have a lack of education yourself by making that comment. As I have said before, this is a career for this headteacher, same way that you waking up in the morning and going to work (assuming you do). He clocks in and out and gets paid every month. He has a different set of standards to that of the pupils he's in charge of. My heart sinks to realise that there are people like you who clearly don't understand. Never mind, we tolerate. Chrome1
  • Score: 25

10:51am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Boltonresident2012 wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '
I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.
You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter. I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks.
Hit a nerve didn't I.
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '[/p][/quote]I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.[/p][/quote]You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter. I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks.[/p][/quote]Hit a nerve didn't I. Chrome1
  • Score: 15

11:07am Fri 13 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Boltonresident2012 wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Boltonresident2012 wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '
I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.
You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter. I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks.
Hit a nerve didn't I.
He will practically walk into another job. Which is why he can afford to walk out on this job...
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: We all have our dreams. If he comes back, no job, signing on will the 'top bloke' attitude of some of the people on here change? Bet it will change to something more like 'hi pl55ed off, gave his job up and now we've got to support him '[/p][/quote]I think you are burning with jealousy that someone has got the courage to do something that cowards like you fear. Who knows what the future will hold for him but one thing is for certain this headteacher's life will be more fulfilling than yours.[/p][/quote]You know nothing about me - I couldn't really care what he chooses to do, or you for that matter. I assume you will be forwarding your details to him so that you can generously contribute to his upkeep when he comes back - unlike you, I have better things to do today than make insulting pathetic remarks.[/p][/quote]Hit a nerve didn't I.[/p][/quote]He will practically walk into another job. Which is why he can afford to walk out on this job... allan111111
  • Score: 27

11:07am Fri 13 Jun 14

127001 says...

I've met Mark Williams on numerous occasions; he's a sincere, down to earth gentleman.

I'm almost certain the school is in safe hands whilst he's away.

I wish him well for the future.
I've met Mark Williams on numerous occasions; he's a sincere, down to earth gentleman. I'm almost certain the school is in safe hands whilst he's away. I wish him well for the future. 127001
  • Score: 40

11:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

denraw says...

I now fully understand what the word idiot really means
I now fully understand what the word idiot really means denraw
  • Score: -12

11:31am Fri 13 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

denraw wrote:
I now fully understand what the word idiot really means
No you don't but I do.
[quote][p][bold]denraw[/bold] wrote: I now fully understand what the word idiot really means[/p][/quote]No you don't but I do. Chrome1
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Liam-bwfc says...

My lad goes to this school, he's been a great headteacher and will have no issue at getting a job elsewhere. Good bloke and will be missed.
My lad goes to this school, he's been a great headteacher and will have no issue at getting a job elsewhere. Good bloke and will be missed. Liam-bwfc
  • Score: 46

12:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Had he seen the opening game before he made this decision he might have changed his mind.
Had he seen the opening game before he made this decision he might have changed his mind. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Balboa says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Balboa wrote:
Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.
Hang on; what world are you living in? You mean to say that you would actually sacrifice your future and personal hapiness for an employer; honestly you would? Wake up to reality sunshine. See where your commitment gets you when it comes to cut backs and redundancies.
As a career man, yes, I would sacrifice short-term personal desires in order to achieve something more rewarding and satisfying in the long term. And before you spout about money and greed, etc I now work for myself and I enjoy the balance of income, commitment, family life. I am fortunate. But I also gave up a lot to achieve that flexibility and work/life balance.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.[/p][/quote]Hang on; what world are you living in? You mean to say that you would actually sacrifice your future and personal hapiness for an employer; honestly you would? Wake up to reality sunshine. See where your commitment gets you when it comes to cut backs and redundancies.[/p][/quote]As a career man, yes, I would sacrifice short-term personal desires in order to achieve something more rewarding and satisfying in the long term. And before you spout about money and greed, etc I now work for myself and I enjoy the balance of income, commitment, family life. I am fortunate. But I also gave up a lot to achieve that flexibility and work/life balance. Balboa
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Fri 13 Jun 14

steveG says...

The teaching and,for that matter,public service jobs in general are far too lucrative,certainly in terms of middle Management positions.
Salaries in this sector need to be curbed significantly as there is now a tendency for people employed in areas such as teaching and Health to become part time due to the excessive levels of remuneration.
The teaching and,for that matter,public service jobs in general are far too lucrative,certainly in terms of middle Management positions. Salaries in this sector need to be curbed significantly as there is now a tendency for people employed in areas such as teaching and Health to become part time due to the excessive levels of remuneration. steveG
  • Score: -12

3:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Gotmeouttathere says...

steveG wrote:
The teaching and,for that matter,public service jobs in general are far too lucrative,certainly in terms of middle Management positions.
Salaries in this sector need to be curbed significantly as there is now a tendency for people employed in areas such as teaching and Health to become part time due to the excessive levels of remuneration.
Really? And how pray tell do you know that? Middle management in health is far from lucrative, salaries are a p**s take and bullying senior managers are a nightmare, so I suggest if you think the professions within the public service are so good go and do it!!! Personally I'm VERY glad I retired from the NHS and all the politics and beaurocracy!!!
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: The teaching and,for that matter,public service jobs in general are far too lucrative,certainly in terms of middle Management positions. Salaries in this sector need to be curbed significantly as there is now a tendency for people employed in areas such as teaching and Health to become part time due to the excessive levels of remuneration.[/p][/quote]Really? And how pray tell do you know that? Middle management in health is far from lucrative, salaries are a p**s take and bullying senior managers are a nightmare, so I suggest if you think the professions within the public service are so good go and do it!!! Personally I'm VERY glad I retired from the NHS and all the politics and beaurocracy!!! Gotmeouttathere
  • Score: 12

5:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

TheKays says...

As a representative of a group of 1 pupils, I would just like to say, that Mr William's has supported our school for 18 years and in my 7 years of helping run the school PTA , I can honestly say the he has brought so many positive changes to the school that we have gone from strength to strength.

Mr Williams has officially taken a sabbatical and what we all do in our spare time, is our own business surely. He has always been a fair and loyal Head and I for one hope he has a fantastic time and makes memories for his family.
As a representative of a group of 1 pupils, I would just like to say, that Mr William's has supported our school for 18 years and in my 7 years of helping run the school PTA , I can honestly say the he has brought so many positive changes to the school that we have gone from strength to strength. Mr Williams has officially taken a sabbatical and what we all do in our spare time, is our own business surely. He has always been a fair and loyal Head and I for one hope he has a fantastic time and makes memories for his family. TheKays
  • Score: 31

5:12pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Superfly79 says...

My child goes to High Lawn and I want to echo what many others have already said. Mr Williams has been a fantastic dedicated Head Master and I will be sorry to see him go.

Who is anybody to knock him for living his life to the full. He has offered his resignation which was accepted but then offered to support the school until the end of the school year.... Fair play to him.

I can see already on social media like Facebook some of the playground gossiping mums going mad about this. Shame on you. Don't embarrass yourselves. Sure you will find something else to whine about when he's gone.

Good luck Mr WIlliams. Most decent folk will back you on this.
My child goes to High Lawn and I want to echo what many others have already said. Mr Williams has been a fantastic dedicated Head Master and I will be sorry to see him go. Who is anybody to knock him for living his life to the full. He has offered his resignation which was accepted but then offered to support the school until the end of the school year.... Fair play to him. I can see already on social media like Facebook some of the playground gossiping mums going mad about this. Shame on you. Don't embarrass yourselves. Sure you will find something else to whine about when he's gone. Good luck Mr WIlliams. Most decent folk will back you on this. Superfly79
  • Score: 34

5:26pm Fri 13 Jun 14

dhmicky says...

Some of the comments on here are hilarious!! Anybody in employment is perfectly entitled to leave whenever they wish, the fact that he's decided to leave to go to the World Cup is irrelevant, why should he even need to give a reason?
Some of the comments on here are hilarious!! Anybody in employment is perfectly entitled to leave whenever they wish, the fact that he's decided to leave to go to the World Cup is irrelevant, why should he even need to give a reason? dhmicky
  • Score: 17

6:18pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bob the biker says...

You only have one live so live it good luck Mr Williams
You only have one live so live it good luck Mr Williams bob the biker
  • Score: 19

6:19pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Lynn57 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us.
Good on you if you can afford this. Carpe Diem and all that. There is only criticism from right wing press and ungrateul parents slagging off. Go and good luck and well done with the good ofsted,. My friend is a teacher and saysthat the pressure of the job is terrible.
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Good on him. Life is too short to be held to account by public moaners. I'd do the same. Life will carry on at the school; the kids will still be learning. Even if they don't the headteacher's responsibility over them ends when he leaves his job. The moaners of Bolton are a miserable bunch. They have no ambtion, they are dull and ugly. Live your dreams Mr Williams; you are the master of your own destiny. Good luck to you and I hope it inpires others, adults and children alike, that we can be free of the shackles this society puts on us.[/p][/quote]Good on you if you can afford this. Carpe Diem and all that. There is only criticism from right wing press and ungrateul parents slagging off. Go and good luck and well done with the good ofsted,. My friend is a teacher and saysthat the pressure of the job is terrible. Lynn57
  • Score: 16

11:13pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ccjone says...

Balboa wrote:
Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.
Hello, read the article properly. He has run the school since 96 and it has the highest Ofsted grading! If that doesn't show commitment well tell me what does. He has done a good job, successful teachers, like any other employee, public sector or private, will always make career moves!
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.[/p][/quote]Hello, read the article properly. He has run the school since 96 and it has the highest Ofsted grading! If that doesn't show commitment well tell me what does. He has done a good job, successful teachers, like any other employee, public sector or private, will always make career moves! ccjone
  • Score: 15

2:49am Sat 14 Jun 14

dhmicky says...

Amazes me how some people think he's going to be claiming benefits. My guess is he's going to have his holiday then take his time to find his next career move. Even in the unlikely event that he was to claim anything off the state I'm sure that all the money he has payed in taxes over the last 15 years would more than compensate.
Fact is when he was younger he studied hard went to uni and earned the right to pick and choose who employs him
Amazes me how some people think he's going to be claiming benefits. My guess is he's going to have his holiday then take his time to find his next career move. Even in the unlikely event that he was to claim anything off the state I'm sure that all the money he has payed in taxes over the last 15 years would more than compensate. Fact is when he was younger he studied hard went to uni and earned the right to pick and choose who employs him dhmicky
  • Score: 16

8:27am Sat 14 Jun 14

BromleyCrossWanderer says...

This guy deserves to go and is obviously passionate about a world celebration of football. Just think of the photos and stories he can relate to his pupils on his return. A great leader and no doubt an inspiration to all those around him.
This guy deserves to go and is obviously passionate about a world celebration of football. Just think of the photos and stories he can relate to his pupils on his return. A great leader and no doubt an inspiration to all those around him. BromleyCrossWanderer
  • Score: 9

9:10am Sat 14 Jun 14

stepvan says...

Regardless of whether he is a teacher or in any other type of employment, it seems irresponsible to make yourself out of work to go watch some football games even if it is the World Cup.
But, I have a feeling he has a job already lined up for himself and this is really a non news story.... also, who would employ him knowing he would resign to follow a sports competition?
Regardless of whether he is a teacher or in any other type of employment, it seems irresponsible to make yourself out of work to go watch some football games even if it is the World Cup. But, I have a feeling he has a job already lined up for himself and this is really a non news story.... also, who would employ him knowing he would resign to follow a sports competition? stepvan
  • Score: -11

10:51am Sat 14 Jun 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

This true Englishness. Mark Williams you should be made LORD by our queen in the next BHL. Cam should and make you Education Minister.
I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU SIR.
This true Englishness. Mark Williams you should be made LORD by our queen in the next BHL. Cam should and make you Education Minister. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU SIR. Back oth Bank Boy
  • Score: 7

3:38pm Sat 14 Jun 14

wsw69 says...

He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure.

I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.
He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure. I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past. wsw69
  • Score: 9

4:09pm Sat 14 Jun 14

The Priceshagger says...

wsw69 wrote:
He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure.

I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.
spot on mate he sure wont need two weeks. what hes done is tant amount to having abandoned his post, silly man
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure. I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.[/p][/quote]spot on mate he sure wont need two weeks. what hes done is tant amount to having abandoned his post, silly man The Priceshagger
  • Score: -7

1:39am Sun 15 Jun 14

WhatsTheScores says...

lancashiregirl wrote:
IDIOT, JOB'S ARE NOT EASY TO GET TODAY, HOPE HE CAN'T CLAIM BENEITS.
I think he should give you lessons... As if he is going to quit his job to claim benefits. If that was one of his career goals he wouldn't have got to position he is today!!
He is a great head teacher and it's nice to see someone break away from society and chase their dreams; a lesson in life that is hard to teach to todays generation!
[quote][p][bold]lancashiregirl[/bold] wrote: IDIOT, JOB'S ARE NOT EASY TO GET TODAY, HOPE HE CAN'T CLAIM BENEITS.[/p][/quote]I think he should give you lessons... As if he is going to quit his job to claim benefits. If that was one of his career goals he wouldn't have got to position he is today!! He is a great head teacher and it's nice to see someone break away from society and chase their dreams; a lesson in life that is hard to teach to todays generation! WhatsTheScores
  • Score: 8

10:30am Sun 15 Jun 14

waka flocks flame says...

wsw69 wrote:
He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure.

I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.
You wouldn't employ someone who provided loyal service for 18 years, whose work was officially recognised as outstanding because he handed his notice in to fulfil a personal dream instead of asking for unpaid leave so his position could be filled and the school wouldn't be left without a head and he was thatgood at his job the governors asked him to take leave instead and finish atthe end of term
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure. I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.[/p][/quote]You wouldn't employ someone who provided loyal service for 18 years, whose work was officially recognised as outstanding because he handed his notice in to fulfil a personal dream instead of asking for unpaid leave so his position could be filled and the school wouldn't be left without a head and he was thatgood at his job the governors asked him to take leave instead and finish atthe end of term waka flocks flame
  • Score: 5

2:44pm Sun 15 Jun 14

markthementalist says...

And why is this a news story?
And why is this a news story? markthementalist
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Tharweb says...

ccjone wrote:
Balboa wrote:
Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.
Hello, read the article properly. He has run the school since 96 and it has the highest Ofsted grading! If that doesn't show commitment well tell me what does. He has done a good job, successful teachers, like any other employee, public sector or private, will always make career moves!
The article is inaccurate. He may have been employed there since 96, but the head teacher was Rosemary Rushton when my child started in 2004, he was the deputy head then.
[quote][p][bold]ccjone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: Why is this worthy of a news item? Public sector employee puts self before job. It's a fact of life. Get over it. Kids deserve someone better and more committed.[/p][/quote]Hello, read the article properly. He has run the school since 96 and it has the highest Ofsted grading! If that doesn't show commitment well tell me what does. He has done a good job, successful teachers, like any other employee, public sector or private, will always make career moves![/p][/quote]The article is inaccurate. He may have been employed there since 96, but the head teacher was Rosemary Rushton when my child started in 2004, he was the deputy head then. Tharweb
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Sun 15 Jun 14

She_13 says...

Mr Williams was a teacher (a popular and good one at that) at my school when I was in upper juniors a good few years ago. I seem to remember he had a great love of football back then. I'm now a teacher myself and I fully support his decision to follow a dream. He'll have no problem walking into a new job when he returns, and that is due to the hard work and dedication he has shown over the years.

Enjoy the trip, and good luck with future ventures Mr W!
Mr Williams was a teacher (a popular and good one at that) at my school when I was in upper juniors a good few years ago. I seem to remember he had a great love of football back then. I'm now a teacher myself and I fully support his decision to follow a dream. He'll have no problem walking into a new job when he returns, and that is due to the hard work and dedication he has shown over the years. Enjoy the trip, and good luck with future ventures Mr W! She_13
  • Score: 6

10:16pm Sun 15 Jun 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

The Priceshagger wrote:
wsw69 wrote:
He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure.

I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.
spot on mate he sure wont need two weeks. what hes done is tant amount to having abandoned his post, silly man
Of all the rubbish I've ever read on here, this is up there with most stupid comments I've ever seen!

His priorities are all wrong? He's following a dream he's had for years and put a request in for unpaid leave, (months ago) and was refused, so he offered his resignation. Would you rather he pulled a sickie or lied to get the time off? Just what has he done wrong?

He didn't 'quit', he offered his resignation and the governors accepted it, despite him being a very good head teacher. He therefore could have stayed but for the stubbornness of the governors.

And it's tantamount to abandoning his post? Unbelievable! Lock him up for 10 years!!

He's done everything in the correct manner, he's resigned and given his notice in, in which any employee is well within their rights to do. He's even coming back to make sure of a smooth transition, which he didn't have to do, so fair play to him.

Good luck to him for a once in a lifetime trip and for following a dream.
He will also be inundated with offers of employment at other schools, after the ofsted reports he achieved.
[quote][p][bold]The Priceshagger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: He'll NOT need two weeks in Brazil, that's for sure. I'm not doubting his ability at his job, it's a tough job that he does. IMHO his priorities are all wrong, and if other prospective employers get wind of him having done this then they would be reluctant to employ him regardless of how good his track record is. I certainly wouldn't employ anyone whose done such a stunt in the past.[/p][/quote]spot on mate he sure wont need two weeks. what hes done is tant amount to having abandoned his post, silly man[/p][/quote]Of all the rubbish I've ever read on here, this is up there with most stupid comments I've ever seen! His priorities are all wrong? He's following a dream he's had for years and put a request in for unpaid leave, (months ago) and was refused, so he offered his resignation. Would you rather he pulled a sickie or lied to get the time off? Just what has he done wrong? He didn't 'quit', he offered his resignation and the governors accepted it, despite him being a very good head teacher. He therefore could have stayed but for the stubbornness of the governors. And it's tantamount to abandoning his post? Unbelievable! Lock him up for 10 years!! He's done everything in the correct manner, he's resigned and given his notice in, in which any employee is well within their rights to do. He's even coming back to make sure of a smooth transition, which he didn't have to do, so fair play to him. Good luck to him for a once in a lifetime trip and for following a dream. He will also be inundated with offers of employment at other schools, after the ofsted reports he achieved. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 9

9:04pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Cinders1967 says...

tillyflop53 wrote:
a bit extreme even for a football fan ! why give up a good job to watch men running around a pitch. ah well each to his own!
Sure he hasn't given job up without finding something else .....
[quote][p][bold]tillyflop53[/bold] wrote: a bit extreme even for a football fan ! why give up a good job to watch men running around a pitch. ah well each to his own![/p][/quote]Sure he hasn't given job up without finding something else ..... Cinders1967
  • Score: 2

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