West Exe Technology College appoints new headteacher
The city's largest school has announced the appointment of its new headteacher, nine months after its former head resigned.
After a three-day interview process, Vicky Carah, who has been acting head at West Exe Technology College since former executive headteacher Steve Maddern resigned in April, following the Echo's revelation of his £156,000 pay packet, was this morning announced as the governors' choice for the appointment.
In October last year, the Echo revealed details of a damning report into the financial management of Mr Maddern and former chairman of governors Paul Smith.
The audit report, carried out by Devon County Council, looked into the running of the school in recent years and criticised the close relationship between Mr Maddern and Mr Smith.
The £86,000 salary of Mr Maddern's wife Beverley, who was senior deputy headteacher, was also deemed excessive by auditors. Mrs Maddern also resigned in the spring of 2012.
There were six applicants for the post and interviews took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The selection and interview panel was led by chair of governors Peter Scott who took over from Mr Smith when he stepped down in February 2012.
In line with Government guidelines, Mr Scott confirmed the post has been advertised as having a salary range of £78,298 to £90,704.
He said: "We were extremely pleased by the quality and calibre of candidates. A rigorous and transparent interview process culminated in the decision to appoint Vicki by the panel of seven Governors.
"The panel had tough and challenging decisions to make during the process and Vicki impressed us with her clear vision and direction for West Exe to move on from the difficult time experienced through the early part of 2012.
"I am very much looking forward to working closely with Vicki allowing her to develop her ideas to move West Exe forward."