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Saturday, 23 May 2015

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‘Time is right to retire’, says Hexham head

THE headmaster at the helm of both Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School has announced he will retire in the summer.

Neil Morrison surprised many with his email sent out via ParentMail, but he told the Courant this week he felt the time was right.

“This is my sixth year as head of Queen Elizabeth High and I was head of Whickham Comprehensive for nine years before that, so I’ve been a headmaster for 15 years now, ” he said.

“There has been a bit of planning involved in my decision and I told the board of governors before Christmas.”

He felt the timing would be to the benefit of the Hexham Federation of Schools in that his successor would be involved in appointing the replacement for Neil Cassidy, head of school at Hexham Middle, who retired at Christmas. “It will allow them to gel as a team,” he said.

Married with two adult sons, he plans to continue with some work in the education sector and to spend more time with his elderly parents.