Headteachers bid farewell to their schools

Guilsborough Primary School Headteacher Tony Henretty, is retiring after 19 years.
Guilsborough Primary School Headteacher Tony Henretty, is retiring after 19 years.

Two headteachers have said goodbye to their schools after more than 26 years’ service.

Tony Henretty has been the headteacher at Guilsborough Primary School for 19 years while Bob Clayton has had the top job at Campion School in Bugbrooke for the past seven-and-a-half years.

Both of them are retiring and admit to leaving with a heavy heart.

Mr Henretty said: “The school has grown and grown. When I started, there was only four classes and now we have seven so it is nice to see it become a popular village school.

“I have managed to build the staff here and it is an excellent team.

“It has been fantastic working with them, the parents, and the children over the past 19 years and I will go away with lots of fond memories.

“I am very sad to be leaving but I wish the school every success and I believe I have left the school in a very healthy position.”

He said he was also looking to take to the skies.

Mr Henretty added: “I have got my pilot’s licence so I will be doing some flying to keep myself busy.”

He is due to be replaced by Yvonne Watts, who is the current head at Welton Academy. No date for her arrival has yet been confirmed.

For Mr Clayton, who arrived at the secondary school in September 2006, said he was proud of his achievements.

He said: “It has been a fantastic place and the achievement of the students has made me very proud.

“I believe in my time here, the school has gone from being mediocre to outstanding and that is something I am very pleased about.

“When I arrived here, I said I would give the school seven years’ service and I have done that. I have left the school in a much stronger position and I retire with a real sense of accomplishment.”

He said he was looking forward to winding down after his retirement.

He added: “I have a real interest in clock and watch repair so I will be pursuing that but I am looking forward to relaxing. I have been in education for 42 years so it is time for a break.”

He will be replaced by Claire Whitmore, from Barr’s Hill School in Coventry, where she is currently deputy headteacher.