Managing Director Keith Ireland has written to City Councillors today stating “It is with sadness that I’m today announcing that our Director of Education Dr James McElligott (Jim) is standing down on health grounds. Dr McElligott has overseen big improvements in educational standards in his two years with the City of Wolverhampton Council.
He was a strong leader, well respected and valued by headteachers and not afraid to take difficult decisions where a school was not providing the standard of education our children deserve. Thanks to the efforts of Jim and his team, 77% of primary schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted compared to just 56% two years ago, while 75% of secondary schools are now good or outstanding, up from 57% in 2013. At the same time, pupil attainment levels have also risen dramatically.
We must ensure that these improvements continue, and so we have moved quickly to appoint Dr McElligott’s successor, Julien Kramer. He brings with him a wealth of experience and ability having held senior posts in education departments across the country, most recently as interim Head of Education at Portsmouth City Council. I am sure you will join me in welcoming him to the City of Wolverhampton Council.”