Principal joins ‘perfect college’

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A new principal at Minsthorpe Community College has pledged to keep up the good work of his predecessor.

Ray Henshaw replaced John Gregory, who was principal at Minsthorpe for five years, at the start of the January term.

Mr Henshaw was previously the deputy principal at Batley Girls High School for eight years.

The 53-year-old spent his first week meeting students in morning assemblies and getting to know the staff through one-to-one meetings.

He also spent the afternoons taking part in ‘learning walks’ around the academy to sample what was going on in different classrooms and lessons.

Mr Henshaw, who lives in Wakefield, said: “I’m delighted to have started work at Minsthorpe. I think it is the perfect school for me - it is a community school first and foremost, which I believe is very important. It is the hub of the community, the hub of the town.

“It also has a number of businesses going on, and that interests me a lot as I am quite entrepreneurial.

“The college has been doing fantastically well over the last few years and it is steadily improving even further. Things will evolve but my main aim is to keep up the good work the staff and students are already doing. I’m not intending to come in here and change things dramatically.

“It is my first role as principal and I expect it will be a challenge, but it will also be rewarding.

“I have enjoyed my first week - everyone has been really friendly and welcoming.”