Monks’ Dyke head admits it will be a ‘wrench’ to leave school in the summer

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The principal at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College has admitted it will be a ‘wrench’ to leave his post this summer after 11 years in the role.

Dr Chris Rolph has confirmed he will become the new principal at the Oasis Academy Wintringham in Grimsby from September.

He will replace the academy’s current principal, Jane Bowman, who is retiring, and though admitting his sadness at moving on he has spoken of his excitement for the future.

In his time as executive head and then principal he oversaw many changes, not least last summer’s merger of Monks’ Dyke school in Louth with the Tennyson High School in Mablethorpe to become Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.

“My feelings are of the excitement of a new thing, but I’ve got to know people well, the staff, students and parents, it will be a bit of a wrench to leave,” he said.

“Having been through some big changes I thought it was the right time to hand that on to someone else, someone needs to take it forward for the next five or six years.

“I had to go through some rigorous interviews but the job appealed to me, it seemed a very happy environment.”

Dr Rolph, who has two children who attend Monks’ Dyke, led the school to its best ever GCSE results last year, with 71 per cent of students recording five A*-C grades.

He told the Leader he was confident he was leaving the school in good shape and backed the governors to find the right replacement.

“The governors are very committed, this has happened quite early in the year so it gives them time to get someone in for September,” he said.

“I leave the school in a good position and we’re expecting a visit from Ofsted soon.”

Monks’ Dyke’s chair of governors, Rachel Tickhill, said: “Dr Rolph has undertaken a number of highly successful major projects during his time here, including purpose built provision for science, IT, hospitality and catering, and business studies.

“Most significant recently has been merging Tennyson High School with Monks’ Dyke Technology College. This has ensured students across East Lindsey have access to broader educational opportunity.

“Under Dr Rolph’s leadership we have achieved the best exam results in our college’s history. Whilst governors, staff and students at the college will be sorry to see Dr Rolph leave, we’ve no doubt he will be outstanding in his new role and wish him every success.”

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