THE headteacher of a Hereford school will be retiring in the summer.

Martin Henton has been at The Bishop of Herefordshire's Bluecoat School since for the past 24 years, with him becoming the head in 2018. 

In a letter sent to parents today (January 15), Mr Henton said: "This is an incredible school to work in and I will have many great memories to take away with me including the time both of my own children spent here.

"I leave the school in a very strong position, with positive and glowing reports from both Ofsted (2021), SIAMS (2018) and now over-subscribed as the first choice of school for many families.


"With the dedication and support from staff and fantastic students, I am confident that Bishops will continue to thrive under the new post holder.

"I have informed the governing body, who have planned to start the recruitment for a new headteacher as soon as possible from the best possible field.

"There is still much to do over the coming months and I am sure that I will see many of you at our whole school events. I would like to thank you for your support over the many years in my various roles, this includes, as testament of my longevity at Bishops, meeting some of you as parents who I also taught in my early years at the school."

At the time of becoming headteacher, Mr Henton said he was proud and passionate about the foundations of Bishops as an inclusive Church of England School, and worked hard to promote the many successes of its students.

He added that 'he was really looking forward to working with everybody in the school community to provide opportunities for the students to flourish and excel in everything they do.