Fulford School head teacher, Steve Smith, to retire

York Press: Steve Smith took over at Fulford School in 2001 Steve Smith took over at Fulford School in 2001

THE head teacher at a top York secondary school is retiring next summer after more than a decade at the helm.

Steve Smith, 59, took over as head of Fulford School in September 2001 from Keith Hayton, who had been at the school for nearly 23 years.

Mr Smith, who lives in Selby with his wife, Joan, came to York after working as deputy head of William Farr School, near Lincoln.

Mr Smith is looking to retire with effect from August 31 next year and has written to parents of the school’s 1,354 pupils to explain his decision.

He said: “I have always felt very proud and privileged to be the head teacher of Fulford School ever since my first day at the school in September 2001 and despite the pressures and stresses that are often associated with such a post, I can honestly say that I have really enjoyed my time here.”

He thanked the governors and especially Ian Dolben and Connie Cullen, who have chaired the governing body during his tenure, and staff, parents and pupils.

He said: “We got an ‘outstanding’ in our last Ofsted and I’d like to think I inherited a good school and it is now a great school.

“I’d also like to thank the staff at Fulford School both teaching and support staff who always have looked to do their best in the interests of our students. I have often said that the quality of teaching and levels of support, care and guidance here are second to none.”

Mr Smith said he took the decision to tell the governors well ahead of time so that they now have ample time to make all the necessary arrangements to appoint a successor and the wheels have already been set in motion.

Mr Smith said he planned to spend his retirement improving his golf handicap and indulging his passion for watching horse racing.

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1:15pm Sat 15 Dec 12

roskoboskovic says...

i was never impressed.
i was never impressed. roskoboskovic

4:29pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Levelhead says...

Fulford School was a great school before you came Mr Smith!
Fulford School was a great school before you came Mr Smith! Levelhead

12:05am Sun 16 Dec 12

Omega Point says...

Esy comments to make, give reasons
Esy comments to make, give reasons Omega Point

3:01pm Sun 16 Dec 12

nearlyman says...

Omega Point wrote:
Esy comments to make, give reasons
They cherry pick A level students now........
[quote][p][bold]Omega Point[/bold] wrote: Esy comments to make, give reasons[/p][/quote]They cherry pick A level students now........ nearlyman

8:21pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Turpinette says...

Maybe with a new head they can finally get rid of the climate of bullying that is rife at Fulford.
Maybe with a new head they can finally get rid of the climate of bullying that is rife at Fulford. Turpinette

12:18pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Stiltzkin says...

Levelhead wrote:
Fulford School was a great school before you came Mr Smith!
Not so sure about that, I left in 1999 and the place was rife with drugs back then.
[quote][p][bold]Levelhead[/bold] wrote: Fulford School was a great school before you came Mr Smith![/p][/quote]Not so sure about that, I left in 1999 and the place was rife with drugs back then. Stiltzkin

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