Headteacher steps down after 10 years


Oakgrove School head teacher Peter Barnes is to step down from his post this September.

The announcement came via a letter to parents and carers of students at the school, which is attended by more than 1,100 pupils.

After a decade of leading the popular secondary school, which opened the first phase of its multi-million pound facilities in 2005, Mr Barnes thanked parents for their ongoing support, which has been “tremendously appreciated” and took the opportunity to express his “sincerest thanks and gratitude”.

During his time as head teacher, Oakgrove School has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED gradings, as well as being awarded Academy status as part of the Government’s fast-track conversion for outstanding schools and now also boasts a thriving Sixth Form.

Current deputy head teacher Ian Tett takes over the headship from September. Mr Tett has also been with the school since it was first opened. Mr Barnes will remain at Oakgrove, but focus his efforts on new development plans which include a proposed expansion for the provision of education for three-18 year-olds.

Mr Barnes said: “Leading Oakgrove has been both a privilege and a pleasure.”