Principal at Monks' Dyke Tennyson College to take one new role at academy
THE principal of two recently merged schools has announced he is leaving to take on the headship at an academy.
Dr Chris Rolph, principal of Monks' Dyke Tennyson College, will become the new principal of Oasis Academy Wintringham in Grimsby from September.
Monks' Dyke Tennyson College – which has campuses in Louth and Mablethorpe – will form an appointment committee at the next school governor's meeting and hope to have a new head by April this year.
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.
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"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 last year.
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 where some of the most gifted students are offered places 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."