Outgoing Colne headteacher's concerns over education changes

Outgoing Colne headteacher's concerns over education changes

Outgoing Colne headteacher's concerns over education changes

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

THE outgoing head of a Colne high school has spoken of his unease at the changing face of education.

Chris Bohills will step down as head at St John Fisher and St Thomas More Catholic Humanities College from September after six years at the helm.

He said: “The school has improved and I feel it’s time for someone else to take it to the next level.

“We want it to be outstanding and I firmly believe it could be an outstanding school.

“The new appointment needs to be enthusiastic and have a mind for dealing with all the changes that are happening at the moment.

“Education is in a state of flux. The school needs someone who can adapt quickly and believes in the Catholic values.

“There have been constant changes in the education sector which makes it very difficult to predict things and plan for the future as a headteacher.”

During his time in charge at the 750-pupil school in Gibfield Road, Mr Bohills has seen GCSE grades improve from 39 per cent to above 60 per cent A* to C grades.

The school has also received two letters of commendation listing it as one of the top 100 most-improved schools in the country, and a recent ‘good’ Ofsted report with outstanding features.

He said: “We were disappointed not to get the BSF funding but the diocese allowed us to get new blocks built and lots of new areas within the school.

“There’s still lots to do.”

Mr Bohills, who was previously head at a school in Keighley and taught at schools in Rochdale, said he now hoped to play more golf and spend time with his wife Claire and three children, but planned to stay in touch with the school.

The new appointment will be announced at the end of March.

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