A-level results day was one in a series of “lasts” for outgoing headteacher Nigel Ryan, who is living in a camper van on the grammar school site until he bows out on August 31.
Mr Ryan and wife, Elaine, retire on the same day and have moved home from Exton, in Rutland, to Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the north east.
Incoming headteacher Steve Wilkinson (42), who has moved to Pinchbeck, has shadowed Mr Ryan since June – and both men were in the hall on Thursday to celebrate the students’ successes.
Mr Ryan said: “A-level results day is an emotional day that I am going to miss. It’s when the results of the students’ and the staff’s labour come to fruition – you can see these very happy youngsters here who are now in a fantastic position to go out into the big wide world and pursue their careers and have a fantastic life. It’s certainly one of the highlights of being a headteacher.”
• The school repeated its overall 98 per cent pass rate, boosted its value added, but has seen slight dips on A*-B and A*-C pass rates.