Head at historic school to step down

Roddy McCowan, headteacher of Baines High School, Poulton

Roddy McCowan, headteacher of Baines High School, Poulton

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Roddy McCowan, the headteacher at Baines School in Poulton, will step down in July after 17 years.

A replacement will be announced in the spring.

“There will be ample opportunity for more detailed words of reflection and farewell nearer the time, but I do have to emphasize how much I have truly enjoyed and valued my time here at Baines, and that it has been a privilege to have worked within and led such a unique and caring school,” Mr McCowan wrote in a letter sent home.

“Obviously, there is a strong note of sadness in leaving behind all the pupils and the excellent staff with whom I work, but this has been a carefully considered decision with the governors being aware of the need for succession planning. I will be continuing to work in the wider sphere of secondary education in the future for what I hope are several years to come.”

‘It is business as usual’ until July, he added.