Rachael Mattey, headteacher of Isambard Community School will retire at the end of the summer term, after steering the school through the first eight years of its life.
Commenting on her decision Rachael said: “I started thinking about what might be next for me a little while ago, because I think it is time for Isambard to have a new pair of eyes.
“But given the direction that education is going, and with all the changes that are coming in to the curriculum, qualifications and funding I concluded that it was better to retire than continue teaching.”
Explaining her main criticisms of the changes she said: “There was a lack of real engagement with the profession. Removing the element of coursework and putting all the onus on exams is a very retrograde step and not radical enough for today’s employers. It’s very much like going back to the 1970s; why would we do that in the 21st Century?”
Isambard has so far put through two sets of GCSE cohorts since it opened in 2008. Commenting on the results Rachael said: “We had a very good first set but were a bit disappointed last year. The trajectory’s in the right direction though and the results should go up this year and next.”
In a letter to parents Isambard chair of governors Kevin Gray said: “ There is no doubt that Mrs Mattey will leave behind a significant legacy and a highly qualified and competent team.”
Rachael is looking forward to sitting in her garden and being able to take holidays in term time. She said: “I shall miss the children. But not the changes, nor Ofsted.”
Pictured: Rachael Mattey in October 2006 viewing progress on the school which would open the following year.