This school term is one of mixed emotions for headteacher Chris Beckett who is to end his 28-year association with The Deepings School next month.
Mr Beckett (58) is quitting his job at the Deeping St James school after nine years in which time it has twice been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted.
The father-of-two and grandfather will spend time following his twin passions of golf and travelling when he hands over to current deputy headteacher Richard Trow in time for the new term in September.
Mr Beckett said: “I could have continued for another year or two, but I felt it was the right time for me to do other things in my life.
“I was appointed from within so I knew a lot about the school when I became head in September 2005.
“But although it was a good school then, I wanted to bring my own style of leadership to it and move it forward.
“We’re in a good place, we’re going through quite an exciting time right now and I’m grateful for having a fantastic group of staff who have bought into my vision of The Deepings School having what Ofsted said was an “outstanding culture of care”.
The “exciting time” Mr Beckett referred to includes preparations for work to start on a new £4 million science building, to open in September 2015, coming soon after projects to build a new reception and conference centre, sixth form centre and IT suite.
Mr Beckett has also been involved with sharing ideas on educational excellence in his role as a National Leader in Education with schools, including Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.
“We all benefit when schools are strong locally and we don’t want to pick up students because another school is going through a challenging time,” Mr Beckett said.
“The Deepings School has helped Sir John Gleed School, supporting (headteacher) Will Scott and (executive principal) Chris Mallaband who are both great great guys.”
Although he will no longer be a headteacher, Mr Beckett plans to stay in education as a consultant with the Centre for British Teachers Education Trust but he is also planning to work with Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to promote physical activity across the county.
Mr Beckett said: “I don’t want to finish working totally and I plan to put a little bit of time back into the things I love doing.
“It’s going to be nice to leave a legacy where The Deepings School is financially viable as an academy and very visable in the Deepings community.
“Richard Trow, my deputy for seven years, will take over in September and I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”