Axe Valley College head is leaving

PUBLISHED: 07:47 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 07:47 01 October 2015

Consortium heads (l to r) Martin Smith (Axe Valley Community College), Kevin Bawn (Clyst Vale Community College), Faith Jarrett (The King’s School), Kenny Duncan (Sidmouth College) and Glenn Smith (Honiton Community College)
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Consortium heads (l to r) Martin Smith (Axe Valley Community College), Kevin Bawn (Clyst Vale Community College), Faith Jarrett (The King's School), Kenny Duncan (Sidmouth College) and Glenn Smith (Honiton Community College) .

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'It's time to move on', says Martin Smith

The headteacher of Axe Valley Community College has expressed his pride at what the school has achieved during his time after announcing he will be leaving next year.

Martin Smith will leave the college next Easter after seven years in which the school has had two successful Ofsted inspections.

During his time, the school has also acquired a new state-of-the-art artificial grass sports pitch.

Mr Smith will depart the role when the school breaks up for the Easter holidays next year.

He said he is most proud of increasing the amount of school leavers who have gone on to university.

Mr Smith said: “This has been the most rewarding and exciting experience of my career.

“After careful deliberation, I believe now is the right time to announce my departure.

“I believe it is the right time for the college to have a change of leadership.

“As with any organisation, there are always new challenges and opportunities around the corner.

“In my opinion, a new headteacher, with a clear vision and fresh perspective, will be well placed to lead the college through the next phase of its development.”

Mr Smith also cited a desire to spend more time with his wife and three children as another reason for his decision but said he wishes to stay in education.

A spokesman for the college’s governors said: “The governors of the Axe Valley Community College wish to express their sadness on hearing of Mr Smith’s decision to leave his position as headteacher next Easter.

“We wish Mr Smith all the very best for the future and offer our sincerest thanks for everything he has done for the college.”

An update of his replacement will be given in due course.

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