As Chair of Governors it is my duty to inform you of some changes taking place over the next few months here at Minsthorpe Community College.
Our Principal, Mr Ray Henshaw, will be taking early retirement from April this year. This is a selfless act on his part and has been brought on by the financial cut backs the College has had to undertake this year.
Ray has worked tirelessly over the past five years to lead the College, staff and students, and recognised very early last year that a restructure of senior leaders was necessary, his own position being the first of these cuts.
In order to continue our success, and so as not to disrupt the excellent teaching and learning of the College, Governors have agreed unanimously to the two Vice Principals of the College, Mrs Rachael Merritt and Mr Mark Gilmore, to become Joint Principals.
Both have a wealth of leadership experience at Minsthorpe, they know staff and students at the College, and are both an integral part of all aspects of College life. Their move to Joint Principal at Minsthorpe will see little or no disruption to the running of the College, and their experience within College life will mean that the transition will be smooth.
The decision for Mr Henshaw to retire was a difficult one for him to make but Governors and the College are appreciative of his decision and his meticulous planning for the successful future of Minsthorpe Community College.
Mrs Beverley Semper Chair of Governors