THE headteacher of a Hereford school says he will take away great memories when he retires.

Martin Henton will be bidding farewell in the summer after being at the Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School for 24 years, the past six of which have been as head.

"I will leave Bishops at the end of the summer term with great memories from a very long career in education," said Mr Henton. 


"We moved to Hereford in 2000 with a young family from the north-west after having spent ten years working in different schools there. 

"I knew from my first day at Bishops that it was a unique and special school and I would probably be there for more years than I had spent at previous schools. 

"Little did I know it would be 24 years before I would leave as the retiring headteacher and my children now grown up in successful careers of their own.

Hereford Times: Martin Henton is retiring in the summerMartin Henton is retiring in the summer (Image: Rob)

"Having seen thousands of students going through the school over the years, it is so rewarding to meet many of them and hear about the amazing things they have done from travel to fantastic achievements.

"I have loved my time at Bishops and will greatly miss all of the staff, students and governors that make it such a rewarding place to work and a great place for learning. I feel a great sense of achievement in how Bishop's has grown and developed during my time as headteacher and wish them every success in the future." 

Mr Henton added that the governing body will start the recruitment process for a new headteacher. 

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