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  Mr. Michael Buczynski


The Manchester Online website published the following item courtesy of the Manchester Evening News on Friday 7th January 2005:

The Head of one of Manchester's toughest schools has been found dead at his home. Michael Buczynski, principal at Parklands High School, Wythenshawe, was found hanging from the staircase of his Bury home by his 10-year-old son.

Paramedics called to the house in Trimingham Drive could not revive Mr. Buczynski. Police confirmed that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Michael Buczynski
Recently the Head had been on sick leave, believed to be suffering from a stress-related illness. The School will be closed on the day of his funeral as a mark of respect.

Mr. Buczynski, 50, had been Headteacher at the school since it opened in 1999 and in 2001 Ofsted - in the only report on the school yet compiled by inspectors - praised the "tremendous progress" and described his leadership as "energetic, supportive and providing a clear sense of direction".

He was determined that the new school should spell a new beginning for youngsters in Wythenshawe and he was adamant that there should be an effective school in the heart of the community. His dedication to the school made him a popular figure among pupils and teachers. A team from the education authority has moved in to the school to counsel shocked pupils.

A spokesman for the school said: "Michael was a dynamic and innovative leader and was held in high esteem by those who worked with him. He was totally committed to the education and welfare of students. The school community and all who knew Michael send their heartfelt condolences to his family, particularly to his wife Anne and young son Jack."

Manchester's Chief Education Officer, Mick Waters, said: "This has come as a great shock to all who knew Michael. We will remember him as an enthusiastic Headteacher who never hesitated to put young people's interests first."

John McNerney, Headteacher at St. Peter's RC High School in Gorton - which opened at the same time as Parklands - said: "I knew Michael as a wonderful person with a marvellous sense of humour who was dedicated to his wife and family. He worked long hours and he worked incredibly hard."

Last September Mr. Buczynski told the Manchester Evening News that he wanted to crack down on pupils missing school to go on holiday. He called for a change in the law, which currently allows children to take up to ten days per year away from school for a family holiday.

A file has been passed to the coroner in Bury and a post mortem examination has been carried out.

Well, what an unexpected shock. I met Mike Buczynski only once, when I visited the school on 9th July 2001. In a conversation with him that lasted only about ten minutes his dedication, energy, drive and his absolute commitment to Parklands came over very strongly. I vividly remember coming away feeling that the Poundswick torch was in excellent hands.

I am sure that Poundswickians everywhere would wish to join me in sending heartfelt condolences to Mike's family and to staff and pupils at Parklands.