Bracknell headteacher to leave post after 21 years
Published: 14 Oct 2013 09:300 comments
Kathy Winrow has been headteacher of Ranelagh since 1992, but will leave next year to pursue roles as an executive principal and chairwoman of a multi-academy trust.
She has overseen many changes to the secondary school, in Ranelagh Drive, while in charge, including its change to an academy two years ago.
“I have totally enjoyed my time at Ranelagh. It is a very, very special place but I believe now is the right time to move on,” she said.
“Everyone has been making a big deal out of me leaving but I don’t know what the fuss is about; I’m just me! I have a huge passion for education and love seeing children succeed.”
Mrs Winrow will leave at some point during next year but the timing of her departure will depend on when a successor is appointed. She will then extend her role as an executive principal at a school in Buckinghamshire, which she currently does on a part-time basis.
Ranelagh has won a string of accolades under the stewardship of Mrs Winrow, including beacon school status, specialist school awards and three ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection reports. Mrs Winrow, who is a national leader in education, acting as a mentor to struggling schools, has also won personal awards such as a distinction in the Headteacher Of The Year Awards.
“I have had fantastic teams of staff around me during my time at Ranelagh but above all it is seeing the young people grow and succeed that makes me most proud,” she added.
“I think everyone I have spoken to has said they thought I would go on forever and ever! I don’t do retirement, I want to keep going and making a difference to children’s lives.
“My new role will be a challenge and I am sure I will enjoy it. No matter where I go I will be championing the young people’s cause.”
Before joining Ranelagh, Mrs Winrow had undertaken senior roles in comprehensive schools in Hounslow and was a senior inspector for management development at Hampshire County Council.