Hartlepool headteacher says he’s leaving school in ‘best position ever’ after announcing retirement

Colin Reid
Colin Reid

A HEADTEACHER who will retire later this year says he is leaving his school in “the best position it’s ever been in”.

Colin Reid sent a letter to parents of students at St Hild’s CofE, in King Oswy Drive, that he is step down from his role at the end of the summer term.

Mr Reid, who was previously a deputy head at Brierton School before taking over at St Hild’s six years ago, will hand over the running of the school to his deputy, Penny Barker, when the school reopens after the Easter break but will remain in place as a mentor before offically leaving in July

Mr Reid, who turns 60 later this year, said: “There are lots of important decisions that affect the academic year so I felt now was the right time to announce my decision to retire.

“Penny will step in after Easter, and I will be in a mentoring role alongside her until the end of the summer term.

“In the fullness of time the position will be advertised, and in the meantime if Penny decides she is suited to the role then I’m sure she will go for it.”

Prior to moving to Hartlepool, Mr Reid started his teaching career in Nottingham, then moved to east London and Reading before heading north.

He added: “The last six years have been exhilarating, this was a great opportunity for me and the school has moved forward in that time to get into the strongest position it has ever been in.

“I’ll miss the students and staff, and I’d like to thank the parents who have been very supportive as well.”

Mr Reid stressed that his decision to leave was not connected to the story which appeared in the Mail last week highlighting plans to restructure some positions to make finacial savings.