VIDEO: Cordeaux Principal to stand down after 13 years

Cordeaux Academy Principal Peter Kubicki is set to leave the school at the end of this academic year, after almost 13 years in the role.

Mr Kubicki, 57, said that it had been an “honour and a privilege” to serve the school since January 2002, as he prepares to move on to a new leadership role at the Al Jazeera Academy in Doha, Qatar.

Peter Kubicki

Peter Kubicki

He said: “I will leave Cordeaux with wonderful memories and some incredible experiences. It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve the Louth community and I have been very proud to do so.

“The pupils have been at the heart of everything. I have always felt immensely supported by the community here.”

Mr Kubicki has overseen a number of important changes over the past 13 years including the opening of the £5.8m Wolds College on site in 2008 - which he describes as a “wonderful facility for the community” - and the transformation of Cordeaux School into an academy last year.

Mr Kubicki was also invited to Downing Street in 2010 after Cordeaux was recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country. During his tenure, the school has had three ‘good’ Ofsted inspections including one with ‘outstanding’ features.

He said: “I am sad and excited, but this will be a new adventure for me and I will relish the experience.

“I would like to thank all the pupils, governors and staff, particularly Deputy Principal Mark Roberts who has given me great support.”

Mr Kubicki will be moving to Qatar with his fiancée, Mags. The couple are due to marry this summer.

Following Mr Kubicki’s departure, Graham Steele will take over as the ‘Interim Principal’ from September until January 2015, when governors are due to appoint a permanent successor.

Mr Steele, who has worked with the leadership team at Cordeaux since January, said: “Peter will be greatly missed. He is well liked and well regarded by staff, pupils, and parents.

“He provided stability for Cordeaux, and the community trust his leadership. Whoever takes over as the next permanent principal will have big shoes to fill.

“We wish him all the very best, and I’m sure he will do very well in his new experience in Qatar.”

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