CRGS head is to retire next year

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AFTER 13 years as headmaster of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Mr Stuart Holt is to retire.

Mr Holt, who was appointed to the post at the age of 47 in 1991, has announced that he will leave in August next year, having seen the school's 450th anniversary celebrations through.

His previous post was as head of Failsworth School, prior to which he was deputy head at the Wright Robinson School, Manchester.

Six days after his appointment at Clitheroe, Mr Holt discovered that he was to lead a new chapter in the school's development. The results of a parental ballot revealed that the majority had opted for a change to grant maintained status and it was Mr Holt who then became responsible for the smooth transition.

It was a challenge he welcomed and one of many in the ensuing years as pupils continued to gain record results in examinations, putting CRGS firmly on the map in national league tables, very few of which Mr Holt considered indicative of the school's real success.

Early in his headship, he was responsible for the introduction of the school's Blue Sky project, which encouraged older pupils to spend holidays obtaining new skills and helping others worldwide.

The school's sixth form centre has continued to expand and is regarded as a centre of excellence by feeder schools and parents from a wide area, while places at the lower school are in huge demand.

Tribute was this week paid to Mr Holt by the chairman of the governors, the Rev. Canon Philip Dearden. He said: "Stuart has brought a highly-motivated, professional managerial style to the school, which has been essential in this day and age of expectations."

Mr Holt would long be remembered as a headmaster who had done a wonderful job for the school, added Mr Dearden.