Farewell Minsthorpe

Minsthorpe Community College

I am sad to say that at a full staff meeting held on Monday January 7th I announced my retirement from Minsthorpe in April 2019.

Minsthorpe Community College – like all schools – is facing an unprecedented financial crisis and has to make dramatic cuts in order to guarantee its future survival. As the highest paid teacher at the College I have decided to take early retirement so that my salary can be saved. The Governors have agreed to an exciting succession plan that will see my two Vice Principals, Rachael Merritt and Mark Gilmore, step up to become the new Joint Principals of the College. This move will save money but, more importantly, it will mean that there will be no loss of energy or momentum as both of these leaders have been crucial players in the success story of the College and will hit the ground running after Easter in order to continue to lead the College forward on its exciting and transformational journey.

From the moment I joined Minsthorpe in January 2014 I knew that this would be my last job as a school leader – simply because any other school would suffer by comparison. Leading this College has been an honour and a privilege and I am desperately sad to be leaving. The leadership team is the best I have ever worked with in my 36 years as a teacher and its staff the most dedicated and hard working group of people who care passionately about giving the students every opportunity to make a success of their lives. I will miss the students a great deal – their humour, their bluntness, their energy and their determination to be all that they can be has inspired me on a daily basis.

For me, the last five years have been proof of the adage that if you are in a job that you love then you will not do a day’s work in your life! Every day has been exciting and energising and it has been an absolute pleasure for me.

It has been said that you never truly leave a place that you love as you leave something of yourself behind and take something of the place away with you. This is so true! My whole career has been leading me to Minsthorpe and, for me it has been a source of enormous pride that I was chosen to lead this College and I will look back at my time here with a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction.

Ray Henshaw