Kenilworth School's headteacher retires after nearly two decades

AFTER 18 years as the headteacher at Kenilworth School, Dr Alex Begbie has stepped down from the high-profile position this week.

Dr Begbie, 63, officially retired from the post on Wednesday but his dedication to the school will ensure he remains there for a little longer yet.

He will stay on to help the A-Level youngsters with their exams and will also take on the role as chemistry teacher when needed and then he plans to concentrate on giving something back.

He said: “I started in 1971 at Woodlands School in Coventry and then went onto Sydney Stringer, also in Coventry. I stayed in Coventry for my next move, at Foxford School, before finally taking up the post as headteacher at Kenilworth School in 1990.”

During his time at the Leyes Lane school, Dr Begbie has seen many changes, including the school becoming a specialist sports school in September 2002 following the culmination of several years work and development.

And last week, as a surprise from the pupils and staff at the school, a helicopter landed on the grounds to take Dr Begbie off for a spin.

He added: “I am not leaving just yet. I will stay on at the school and help out but we will welcome a new headteacher next month.

“It is a great job. I have really enjoyed it and I will be leaving at a very good time.

“The school got a good mark in the recent Ofsted report, so it’s a really good platform to leave it on. The school’s in good shape so it’s a good time to hand it over.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for the last 18 years. The Kenilworth community is very close.”

Dr Begbie hopes the future will keep him busy. He plans to volunteer for the Olympics in 2012 and help teach children with difficulties.

He also plans to help with Duke of Edinburgh awards and is looking forward to giving something back to the community, as well as being able to pick and choose what he does with his time.

New headteacher, Hayden Abbott, will start at the school on Thursday, April 3.