New Oasis Academy Wintringham principal will take over in September
OASIS Academy Wintringham has appointed a new principal to take over from September.
Dr Chris Rolph, the current principal of Monks' Dyke Tennyson College, will replace Jane Bowman, pictured right, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.
The academy appointed Dr Rolph after holding extensive interviews throughout February following the announcement in January that Mrs Bowman was to retire.
Monks' Dyke Tennyson – which has campuses in Louth and Mablethorpe – will form an appointment committee at the next school governors meeting and hope to have a new head by April this year.
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Dr Rolph said: "I've known about the Oasis group for some time and am very impressed with their attitude to inclusion and opportunity for everyone.
"Many of the children from the area come from families with problems or difficulties, but they deserve to be given a chance – everyone does.
"I have a real passion for working with the underdog and I'm looking forward to this next challenge."
Dr Rolph has worked at Monks' Dyke for 14 years – 11 of them as principal – and oversaw the merger of the Louth school and Tennyson High School in Mablethorpe.
GCSE results have steadily risen under his guidance and in 2012, 68 per cent of students got five A*-C grades, including English and maths – well above the national average in an area were some of the most gifted students are snapped up by grammar schools.
But, despite his excitement about September, Dr Rolph's eyes are firmly set on June at the moment.
Dr Rolph said: "September feels like a long way away when you have GCSE exams in the summer and right now, those Monks' Dyke Tennyson students are my top priority."
Oasis Academy Wintringham was unavailable for comment.