Exmouth Community College principal to retire

PUBLISHED: 09:30 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 24 January 2017

Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander


The principal of Exmouth Community College is to retire this summer, after 15 years in the role.

Tony Alexander is to step down at the end of the summer term.

Making the announcement, chair of governors Jill Elson said: “The experience and knowledge he brought to the college, combined with a passion for providing the best possible education for his students has seen the college go from strength to strength during the time he has been with us.

“When he joined us, fewer that 50 per cent of parents made us their first choice of secondary school – now well over 90 per cent choose us first.

“He is extremely well respected by residents, parents and pupils in both Exmouth and the surrounding area.

“In 2011 he led the conversion to an Academy and the last Ofsted inspection in 2013 rated us as Good with Outstanding features

“The Inspectors said ‘Inspirational leadership produces an extremely harmonious school where teaching is often outstanding’.”

“We have had many challenges since he was appointed, but his strong leadership has seen much improved academic performance and a vastly improved site with new buildings and many upgrades to the existing campus.”

Ms Elson said the college governors would begin the search for Mr Alexander’s successor immediately.

She added: “We are determined to appoint someone who can build on the legacy that Tony leaves behind and who will continue to provide a community college of which we can all be proud.”

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