Sunday 17 November 2019

Assaulted principal praised in school evaluation

Gordon Deegan

THE school principal who was victim of an assault by a parent at his school has been praised in a Department of Education report.

Last month, a parent of two school children – Martin Tubridy (55), of Quarry Vale House, Mountshannon, Labasheeda, Co Clare – was convicted at Kilrush District Court of the assault of Liam Woulfe at Labasheeda NS in December 2011.

The court heard that Tubridy punched Mr Woulfe in the face at the door of Mr Woulfe's classroom after coming to see him over his eight-year-son being reprimanded earlier that day.

The court was told that since the incident the Tubridys have withdrawn their two children from the two-teacher school.

Now, a new Whole School Evaluation report carried out by the department on Labasheeda NS praises the work of Mr Woulfe and gives a positive review of the school.

The report is based on an inspection of the 29-pupil school on June 13 last and the report states that Mr Woulfe "discharges his duties capably and the day-to-day management of the school is effective".

The report also praised Mr Woulfe's teaching when it states that the school's teachers "are committed to creating a positive school climate and to the holistic development of pupils".

The report also recorded that responses to a parents' questionnaire "indicate that the vast majority of parents are very positive about the work of the school".

Mr Woulfe yesterday welcomed the findings of the Dept of Education report.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the court case, Mr Woulfe said: "I am pleased that the report is a proper reflection of the true worth and value of the school."

He added that the school "has moved on" from the stresses around the assault on him and the subsequent court case.

Following the conviction, Judge Patrick Durcan adjourned the case to next April to allow mediation to take place between the two sides.

Irish Independent

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