Cardinal Wiseman Head Resigns
Paul Patrick leaves Greenford school due to 'ill health'
The Headteacher of Cardinal Wiseman RC School in Greenford who was accused of fiddling expenses has resigned citing ill health.
Paul Patrick, 53, was arrested in April and suspended. The allegations were believed to have been related to trips to Cuba, where the school has links, but he was later cleared.
The police were investigating another expenses issue.
The school's governors said: "Recent events have raised a number of financial and policy issues for the school which governors are addressing with the assistance of the Westminster Diocese and of the London Borough of Ealing.
"Until such time as a new Headteacher is appointed Michael Kiely will continue as Acting Head Teacher.
"Mr Kiely and his team held the school together through some troubled months and without their loyalty, hard work and dedication, the future of the school would not be as bright as it is.
"The school has had its highest level of examination success last Summer and remains an extremely popular and outstanding school.
"The prospect of a major building project funded through Building Schools for the Future adds to our sense of excitement about the future."
In statement Mr Patrick said:
"Together we have achieved great things over the last decade and today the 'Wiseman' is recognised as one of the best schools in the country. I wish everyone connected with the school all the best for the next ten years.
"To all the students, staff and parents I leave you with the words I have spoken many times in the past: 'It was a pleasure and a privilege to be your Headteacher.'"
January 22nd, 2010