Guard of honour for retiring principal

Eric Winstone leaves Ormiston Bushfield Academy EMN-141219-092309009

Eric Winstone leaves Ormiston Bushfield Academy EMN-141219-092309009

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Friday, 10.30am: A popular Peterborough head teacher said an emotional farewell after retiring yesterday.

Hundreds of students of Ormiston Bushfield Academy, in Ortongate, marked Eric Winstone’s last day at the academy with an impressive guard of honour as he left the school for the last time.

Eric Winstone leaves Ormiston Bushfield Academy EMN-141219-092339009

Eric Winstone leaves Ormiston Bushfield Academy EMN-141219-092339009

Students lined the main staircase and corridor as the academy laid out the red carpet to say their farewells to Mr Winstone.

Mr Winstone has served for 13 years as principal of the academy and has been dedicated to education in Peterborough for the last 40 years.

He guided the school through a period of significant change; formerly Bushfield Community College, it gained academy status in 2009 sponsored by the Ormiston Academy Trust.

It moved into a purpose-built, state-of-the-art, £20.6 million building in September 2012, boasting its own television and radio studios, a 524m2 library and an all-weather football pitch.

Attainment at the academy under Mr Winstone’s leadership has soared, and the academy’s Ofsted report from May 2012 praised the academy for its solid teaching, rising standards, clear direction of improvement, and relentless drive for advancement.

Dennis Kirwan, previously deputy principal at the school, took up the role of principal in September.

He said: “We were pleased to be able to give Eric the send-off he deserved.

“He is hugely popular with staff and students, and he will be sorely missed.

“He leaves behind a real legacy of hard work and dedication, and I’m sure the students will continue to meet the high standards that he set.

“We wish Eric all the best in his new ventures.”