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Diocese’s Director of Education Retires After 8 Successful Years

by Gerry Lynch last modified 12 Jun, 2014 11:51 AM

Former C of E comprehensive head-teacher to retire at end of summer

Chris Shepperd, the Director of Education for the Diocese of Salisbury, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of August.

Chris Shepperd said:

“After eight years in post and 40 years working in and for schools, it is time for me to move on to a well-deserved retirement. It has been a tremendously rewarding time, albeit often challenging during a period when central government education policy has been in constant flux.

“As a former head teacher of a Church of England Comprehensive in the Diocese, I felt particularly privileged to spend so many years working in a role that allowed me to contribute so much to something I care so passionately about.”

Canon Harold Stephens, Chair of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education paid tribute to Chris’ contribution to schools in the region.

“Chris has been a transformational Director, bringing immense professional commitment and skill to major aspects of the life of the Diocesan Board of Education. He oversaw the building of the new, award-winning, Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton, a significant expansion of the Diocese’s involvement in the academies programme, restructuring the staffing of the Diocesan Board of Education and thus a great expansion of its capacity to help schools meet, not only the educational, but also the wider spiritual needs of their pupils.

“Chris carried the authority that comes with having the confidence of head teachers and officers of the Board. He brought to the job profound understanding of issues and processes involved in the fast-moving world of education and how to develop Christian distinctiveness within our church schools.”

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, added:

“I thank Chris for his significant contribution to the Diocese’s schools, 90% of which rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. I wish him well for a long, happy and creative 'retirement'.”

As from September, Salisbury’s Acting Director of Education will be Joy Tubbs, currently the Diocese’s Deputy Director of Education.

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