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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Head of Carlisle school retiring after 12 years in charge

The headteacher of Trinity School in Carlisle will retire at the end of this term.

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Alan Mottershead

Alan Mottershead, who has been at the school on Strand Road for 12 years, told staff of his departure yesterday morning before sending a letter out to parents.

He said: “When a headteacher says he’s leaving people are a bit shocked but with the rebuilding of the 11-16 school complete, it’s right for me to move on and for a new headteacher to be appointed.

“I will really miss the school but with the arrival of my first grandson, and the gradual moving of my own children further south, it seems a good time to begin my retirement.”

Mr Mottershead, 57, says his years at Trinity have been “times of great challenge and change” – from flooding to secondary school reorganisation and finally the rebuilding of the main school.

He said: “We now have about 1,550 pupils and this year’s intake is likely to see about 250 new pupils at the school.

“We also have about 220 students wanting to join our sixth form – some are from Trinity and others are from elsewhere. It’s great to see that it’s a popular school.

“We had to fight to retain our sixth form in 2003, and then manage the repairs after the flooding of January 2005, although the damage we sustained was less than others.

“We were part of the reorganisation of secondary schooling in the district from 2008, and that led directly to the grand rebuilding of the main part of the school from 2009 to 2012. Following that we had our first ever royal guest when The Duke of Kent declared the new school buildings open and the Archbishop of York also visited us in the same school year.”

Mr Mottershead, a dad of three, says it will be the “people he’s had the privilege of working with” that he will remember most.

He said: “It has been a delight to see my students grow and mature, learn much, and become kind and well-rounded young adults. The good company, expertise and dedication of the staff of the school have been significant to me and to all of us who work here.

"‘Team Trinity’ may sound a bit corny, but it has been a very pleasant daily feature of life, and produced much laughter around the school, while taking the job seriously too.”

Chairman of governors at Trinity Dr Brian Armstrong said: “Alan has been an outstanding head. The school has been transformed and is now the most over-subscribed secondary school in the city.

“Alan’s personal knowledge of our pupils is amazing.

“His relationship with the governing  body has been excellent.”

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