Long-standing Falmouth School head set to retire

Falmouth Packet: Retiring Falmouth School headteacher Sandra Critchley Retiring Falmouth School headteacher Sandra Critchley

Having successfully led Falmouth School for well over a decade headteacher Sandra Critchley has announced her retirement.

Mrs Critchley will continue until the end of the academic year, next summer, by which point she will have been at the school for more than 12 years.

Her replacement has already been appointed in the form of current deputy headteacher Brett Miners.

Mrs Critchley said: “I've been really privileged to have such a great job. I never have a day where I don't want to get up and come in to work - I always enjoy my working days.”

Mrs Critchley said she was “most proud” of her students, adding: “I'm always proud to see the young adults that emerge from the school, who have started as young children, and see them take their place in the community and the wider world.”

She has no fixed plans for her retirement, aside from seeing more of her family, but confirmed she planned to stay in the Helston area where she lives. Until that time it was “business as normal” at the school.

Mrs Critchley is taking early retirement for family reasons and also because she believes the time is right for the school, due to a new national curriculum being launched that would take four years to implement fully.

Looking back, she said the “biggest challenge” came at the start of her tenure, when she oversaw the move of pupils from a second school site at Tregenver Road to all under one roof in Trescobeas Road.

As part of this a large extension was built and refurbishment took place throughout the school, between 2001 and 2003.

This time coincided with a negative inspection by Ofsted - although parts of the report were later retracted, due to some technical inaccuracies.

Since then the 1,100-student school has progressed “in leaps and bounds,” with Mrs Critchley leading her staff in continual improvements.

This has resulted in their latest Ofsted inspection showing a school that was “good with outstanding features,” and the school enjoying their best ever set of exam results.

In a statement the school's governors said they were “saddened” to hear of Mrs Critchley's resignation, adding she had also seen the school through conversion into an academy.

They said: “The school under her leadership has gone from strength to strength and we would all like to wish her a long and happy retirement.”

 

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8:39am Fri 28 Dec 12

themaid says...

Wish her well on her retirement but have to say think her replacement is a mistake but we will see. Mind you I do think there are teachers there who command more respect. Just wish Falmouth had more choice of secondary schools like Truro as it is so unfair we only have one mind you if one is lucky enough you can get your children into Penryn.
Wish her well on her retirement but have to say think her replacement is a mistake but we will see. Mind you I do think there are teachers there who command more respect. Just wish Falmouth had more choice of secondary schools like Truro as it is so unfair we only have one mind you if one is lucky enough you can get your children into Penryn. themaid

10:13am Wed 2 Jan 13

Falmouthboy says...

I cannot understand the huge desire many Falmouth people have in wanting to send their kids to Penryn school.
Yes, Penryn is a newer building and many things are still 'shiney', but they still have issues there also (as do all schools). I can only speak as i find and I have to say that as a parent who has 1 child in Falmouth School and another who has just left, that I cant speak highly enough of the school. Any issues that have come up over the years have been dealt with and the vast majority of my childrens teachers that i have met come across as very enthusiastic, inspiring people that create a healthy environment in which to learn. Of course, as a parent i also try to play my part and i try to encourage and motivate my children to learn as i firmly believe that the combination of school and parent are required to gain success. Well done and thank you Mrs Critchly for all you have achieved in the past at Falmouth School and good luck to Mr Miners in your new job.
I cannot understand the huge desire many Falmouth people have in wanting to send their kids to Penryn school. Yes, Penryn is a newer building and many things are still 'shiney', but they still have issues there also (as do all schools). I can only speak as i find and I have to say that as a parent who has 1 child in Falmouth School and another who has just left, that I cant speak highly enough of the school. Any issues that have come up over the years have been dealt with and the vast majority of my childrens teachers that i have met come across as very enthusiastic, inspiring people that create a healthy environment in which to learn. Of course, as a parent i also try to play my part and i try to encourage and motivate my children to learn as i firmly believe that the combination of school and parent are required to gain success. Well done and thank you Mrs Critchly for all you have achieved in the past at Falmouth School and good luck to Mr Miners in your new job. Falmouthboy

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