Retired headteacher goes out on a high

The retired headteacher of The Deepings School has been recognised for his 28 years of service with the Headteacher of the Year (Secondary) Award, sponsored by Mana Education.

Chris Beckett, who retired after in July after nine years as headteacher was nominated by his successor, Richard Trow, for making “a considerable difference to the lives of generations of children”.

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary) 'winner Chris Beckett, retired headteacher of The Deepings School, Deeping St James.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary) 'winner Chris Beckett, retired headteacher of The Deepings School, Deeping St James. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Mr Beckett was one of three headteachers nominated for the award, with Laurence Reilly of Bourne Academy and Nigel Ryan of Spalding Grammar School.

“It’s a real honour to be the first winner of this award and I would like to dedicate it to everyone at The Deepings School - governors, staff, parents and, of course and most importantly, the superb students,” Mr Beckett said.

“I enjoyed every minute of my nine years as headteacher and this award means a great deal to me as I enjoy my semi-retirement.

“Many thanks to all at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian for promoting education across the area.

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary) Chris Beckett with Kim Tomkins, primary and secondary consultant for Lincolnshire with award sponsors Mana Education.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary) Chris Beckett with Kim Tomkins, primary and secondary consultant for Lincolnshire with award sponsors Mana Education. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“We have some great schools, both primary and secondary, in the area and I wish them all every success for the future.”

The nomination for Mr Beckett also highlighted his “energy, commitment and service” to both the school and community over almost 30 years.

The Deepings School was judged “outstanding” by Ofsted in both 2009 and 2013, but Mr Beckett was also influential in the setting up of Deepings Foodbank last December which operates from the school.

Mr Trow said: “We are delighted that our nomination led to Chris Beckett winning the award for Headteacher of the Year (Secondary).

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary)Award finalists Nigel Ryan of Spalding Grammar School and Laurence Reilly of Bourne Academy with Kim Tomkins, primary and secondary consultant for Lincolnshire with award sponsors Mana Education.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Headteacher of the Year (Secondary)Award finalists Nigel Ryan of Spalding Grammar School and Laurence Reilly of Bourne Academy with Kim Tomkins, primary and secondary consultant for Lincolnshire with award sponsors Mana Education. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“It is a much-deserved recognition of many years of service to both The Deepings School and our wider community.

“Under his leadership the School has gone from strength to strength, offering an extremely high quality of education to all students.”