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Bourne Academy headteacher Laurence Reilly announces retirement

Bourne Academy headteacher Laurence Reilly has announced his retirement to staff and students.

Laurence made the announcement on Friday, November 16 and also addressed the matter in a letter to parents.

He said he was retiring from the post of executive headteacher of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) and also as the head teacher of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy.

Laurence said he had had "mixed feelings" about his retirement, which is effective from December 31.

"There is a lot of job satisfaction in working in such an orderly and vibrant learning community, supporting the well mannered students that we are blessed with at both Bourne and Spalding Academy."

He thanked parents, staff and students "past and present" for their support and cooperation and said he was "delighted" to be handing over the running of both the schools to deputy executive headteacher Lucy Conley.

"She and I have worked closely together to ensure that students attending our schools get the best possible education.

"I have no doubt that she will be highly successful in her new role as leader, supported by a very strong team of senior leaders and the superb teaching and support staff working in both schools."

Lucy said she was "extremely excited" to have been appointed to the role of executive headteacher.

"Having worked so closely with Mr Reilly as the deputy headteacher of Bourne Academy and, over the last two years as deputy executive headteacher of the SLAT Trust, I can confirm that we have been preparing for this succession and for my part, I will work to ensure the success of the SLAT Trust schools, by continuing to commit to areas such as; high levels of behaviour support, professional opportunities for staff development and ongoing curriculum and teaching and learning development.

"I am absolutely passionate about working with young people and for both our schools my vision will always be centred on giving our students the opportunities to be the absolute best they can be."

Pupils said they were sorry to see "Mr Reilly" go.

Olivia-Faye Bowden, a Year 11 pupil, said: "Mr Reilly always inter-acts with all the students and I will be so sorry to see him leave.

"He has a great sense of humour."

Ethan Hunt in Year 11 said: "Mr Reilly is well-respected. When you speak to him he always treats you as an adult and I can’t wait to join Bourne Academy 6th Form with Mrs Conley still here."

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