Headteacher to leave at Christmas

THE headteacher, who has been at the helm of Scarborough College for almost 12 years, is leaving in December.

Tim Kirkup, who joined the school in January 1996, said he was considering his next career move.

Mr Kirkup said: “The results have been fairly consistent in terms of success rates. Years dip and rise but I am pleased to stand by what’s been achieved by me, the staff and governors over the last 12 years. It’s ready for someone else to take it on.”

He added that his time at the school had been a happy one and he was proud of what had been achieved during his time in Scarborough. He said: “I'm looking forward to a life that will be different.”

Mr Kirkup was the head of English at King Edward VI school in Southampton immediately before taking up his present post.

He said: “I came here in my early 40s and I’m going in my early 50s. I’ve been offered one job which I am thinking about. I’m sorry to be leaving because I’ve worked with some wonderful staff and students.”

He said one of the rewarding aspects of his job was seeing youngsters develop the confidence to believe in themselves and achieve their goals. He said: “That is a huge reward for any head.”

Mr Kirkup will be succeeded in the short term by Jonathan Lee, who will assume the role of acting head while the post is advertised.

Steve Chittock, the chairman of the board of governors, said: “The successes and achievements of the past 12 years under Tim Kirkup’s inspirational and innovative leadership will provide the perfect springboard for the next phase of the college’s development.

“We will build on a decade of success and achievement by making some exciting new appointments, and the board and senior management will move forward together over the coming months to ensure the college’s reputation for academic and creative excellence is maintained.

“We wish Tim and the other members of staff who leave us this term every success in their future endeavours. Tim and his colleagues have the thanks and best wishes of the board, the teaching staff and the students.”