A secondary school headteacher has revealed he will retire at the end of the academic year.
Deepings School headteacher Chris Beckett will stand down from his role in August. Mr Beckett joined the school 28 years ago and has overseen a huge transformation during his time in the Deepings.
In a statement posted on the school’s website on Wednesday last week he said: “This decision has been a very difficult one, especially when taking into account the interests of both the school and myself. I have informed the staff today and I wanted you and the students to know as soon as possible.
“I have worked at The Deepings School for the last 28 years; as head for the last nine years. I can honestly say that it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many talented members of staff and, more importantly, so many fantastic students.
“The decision to retire from headship has been one of the most difficult decisions I have taken in my life and it has taken me a number of weeks to decide that it is time to move on.
“The last nine years have been an amazing journey and I am proud of our many achievements, which include: - three successful, full Ofsted inspections; improved standards at GCSE and A-level, year on year; a school that has been oversubscribed every year; a sixthform of almost 300 students; significant improvements in the site including the addition of some new facilities; and academy conversion.
“I would like to reassure you that the school is financially secure and all strategic decisions are monitored diligently by a great team of governors. I hope that the school can develop on this strong position to achieve even more success in the future.
“Finally, I would like to assert my confidence that the governing body will carry out a rigorous selection process and appoint a high quality successor to drive the best interests of the school forward.”