Crawley headteacher to step down

jpco 10-12-14 Head teacher Paul Kennedy and students from Holy Trinity School after hearing the news of their good ofsted report (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140912-114555001
jpco 10-12-14 Head teacher Paul Kennedy and students from Holy Trinity School after hearing the news of their good ofsted report (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140912-114555001

A Crawley headteacher is leaving at the end of term.

Paul Kennedy, headteacher at Holy Trinity School, is leaving after almost four years to take on a new job as CEO of an academies trust.

In a newsletter sent out to parents Mr Kennedy said it had been an ‘honour and a privilege’ to work at the school and thanked staff, pupils and parents for their support.

He wrote: “It has been full of ups and downs and no two days have been the same.

“The staff are the most dedicated group of people I have worked with and I would like to thank the senior leadership team in particular for their constant support and heart for the young people at this school.

“I know that they will continue to work for the benefit of the school community and I leave the school in great hands.

“The school goes on and I know it will continue to be wonderfully successful.”

The school has gone from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in recent Ofsted inspections and celebrated a record-breaking year for GCSE results in 2014, where 73 per cent of students gained five or more GCSE grades at C and above including English and maths.

He added: “People have asked me what I will miss the most about leaving the school and it is an easy question to answer – the young people.

“They are the reason we all come here every day and I will miss being around them.

“They bring me joy every day and they never cease to surprise me with their talents, humour and ability to do the unexpected.

“They have achieved so much in my time here and I know they will continue to delight everyone at the school.”

In the newsletter a spokesman for the governors at the school said they were continuing to interview for Mr Kennedy’s replacement.

The spokesman said: “We will not forget the fantastic work he has done here at The Holy Trinity School in the last three-and-a-half years and the legacy he leaves.

“We send him our very best wishes from the entire school community.”

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