HEADTEACHER Jonathan Baker leaves Shipston High School in much better shape than he found it.
Mr Baker is retiring having overseen a huge turnaround in the schools fortunes during his 11 years in the headmaster’s chair.
When he arrived in 2004, the Shipston High School had a large deficit budget, modest exam results and a low intake of students.
But through his leadership, commitment and professionalism, the school has been transformed with 180 applications from students at 19 primary schools were received for 90 places on offer this year – a testament to his hard work in raising the school’s profile.
A keen sailor, he has successfully charted a way through stormy waters and various Government initiatives to steer the school to great success.
Mr Baker’s contribution has invoked ‘The Shipston Spirit’ that sees each and every student encouraged to reach their potential across a range of activities.
He leaves with the school looking forward to an equally successful future.
A new teaching block will open in September to accommodate the 460 strong student population – which has grown by some 50 per cent over his time at the school.
Some 90 guests, including staff past and present, former students, and governors will mark Mr Baker’s contribution at a special celebration on Friday July 17.