A POPULAR headteacher has shared his mixed emotions over his upcoming retirement.
Mr Chris Bohills is due to hand to over the baton at Fisher More Catholic Humanities College, in Gibfield Road, Colne, in August — after six years in the post.
The former deputy headteacher of The Holy Family Catholic School, in Keighley, hopes to spend more time with his wife Claire upon leaving the humanities college. He also intends on playing more golf and travelling.
The father-of-three, who lives in Skipton, said: “I am quite excited about it, but I am sad also.
“I feel now is a good time to move on. The school has just got a good Ofsted report, and in Section 48 Religious Education it was outstanding.
“The pupils were surprised and sad. We have come such a long way together, and I feel the strength that is there will take the school forward.
“I have enjoyed working with a great group of staff, who are very committed, very supportive governors, supportive catholic parishes, and the pupils.
“I still want to keep in touch with the school, and I hope that they invite me back.”
Mr Bohills said that the voluntary aided school’s new post has received a lot of interest, and that governors are currently in the process of shortlisting applicants.
Before leaving, he aims to make sure that the school is ready for the new headteacher, the results are as good as they can be, and the students are provided with all the facilities that they need.
In a letter to applicants, chair of governors Mrs Mary Thomas said: “The faith character of Fisher More is tangible and we believe it is a special place.
“The retiring headteacher, Mr Chris Bohills, has emphasised the tradition, sacramental life and ethos of the Roman Catholic faith and this has transformed the priorities of the school as we strive to live out the mission statement of Jesus himself ‘to bring life to the full’ (John 10:10) to all who belong to this extended family.
“The Governors are now keen to appoint a head who will support and develop this vision with inspirational leadership that is prepared to both support and challenge to ensure the unique position that our secondary school has as a beacon of faith in our area continues to burn brightly for future generations.”