Inspirational Brighton head teacher to retire

Posted On 31 Mar 2011 at 8:04 pm

The head teacher of one of Brighton’s biggest and most popular secondary schools is to retire in the summer.

Trevor Allen has spent more than 15 years at Dorothy Stringer High School in Loder Road and will leave in July.

Under his leadership the school was rated outstanding by Ofsted.

And in the New Statesman magazine last week, the journalist and columnist Alice Miles described watching “a jaw-droppingly impressive dance show” at the school.

She said that the show was put on by “no fewer than 260 children, aged 11-16, from an ‘ordinary’ comprehensive of 1,600 kids, performing an extraordinarily professional show”.

Reg Hook, chairman of governors at Dorothy Stringer, wrote to parents to tell them Mr Allen was retiring.

He said that Mr Allen had been off sick for some time and had only recently returned to school.

But, Mr Hook said, Mr Allen had not made the progress that he hoped and had decided to retire.

Mr Hook wrote: “No one can praise too highly his contribution to the reputation of life at Stringer and for the past decade I have been able see first hand his care for all the staff and pupils and devotion to the school.

“No one could have been more inspirational or have done more for Stringer and he will be impossible to replace.”

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