Mr Powell says farewell to CRGS

After 11 happy and successful years, as Deputy Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, Mr Jonathan Powell is leaving CRGS to take over as Director of Sixth Form at Harrogate Grammar School, from September.  He will, however, be staying in touch with CRGS via the Sixth Form of 600 network and we look forward to collaborative meetings in the near future.

Reflecting on his 11 years of service to the school, Mr Powell said:

‘I have had the pleasure of working with thousands of students during my time at CRGS.  11 years is a small proportion of the 465 years that the school has been educating young people and I hope that in some way I have been able to make a difference to the life chances of the young people who have progressed through the school during my time here.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such fantastic young people and such dedicated staff.  Every year, some 300 or more students have joined the Sixth Form, from over 40 schools and very quickly, they have formed a friendly supportive and welcoming community, helping to carry them through the rigours of A Level study.

Visitors to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School have always commented to me on the positive atmosphere that they see when they visit.  This is something that is no accident and is the result of shared values and a culture of students taking responsibility and getting involved.

I will take with me, many happy memories of conversations with a wide range of students and of lessons where I have had the privilege of working with highly motivated and engaged students.  This gives me a great deal of optimism for our future.

As our school motto says ‘In Saxo Condita’ ie  ‘Founded on Rock’ – and Building Success.  The students moving into Year 13 represent the future of the school and those joining Year 12 in summer 2019 represent the future after them.  I wish them all every success.

Thank you for all the wonderful memories that I will take with me – and I look forward to hearing of students building on our past and present successes in the future.’   


Mr Powell
July 2019

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