Headteacher retires from Cowplain school

David Rowlinson with pupils (l-r) Lily Byrne (13), Sandeep Bains (13), Neena Mundy (14), Coral Bush (14) and Harry Weeks (14), outside Cowplain Community School.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13886-6157)

David Rowlinson with pupils (l-r) Lily Byrne (13), Sandeep Bains (13), Neena Mundy (14), Coral Bush (14) and Harry Weeks (14), outside Cowplain Community School.''Picture: Sarah Standing (13886-6157)

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HE HAS led the school for the past 16 years, but now headteacher David Rowlinson is easing into retirement.

He’s been working at Cowplain Community School and has been in teaching for 37 years, but at the age of 60, has decided it’s time to retire.

On his last day, staff held a celebration for him with a staff meal and a small gathering of people he has worked with.

Mr Rowlinson said: ‘A lot of people said some very nice things about me.

‘I always set my own standards. I wasn’t satisfied that if I carried on for much longer, I was going to be able to meet them because I’m getting older.

‘There’s a huge amount of change going on in education at the moment. If the school is going to make the progress it has to make it needs somebody to look at it with a more flexible mind than I’ve got.’

But he added that he’s found it difficult to leave after having made good friends over the years.

‘I know it’s the right decision but it’s hard after I have done 16 years and I have grown to really like everybody that I worked with,’ he said.

‘The students and the parents are absolutely brilliant so there’s a sense of loss there.

‘The school has got this unique community feel. Everybody wants to do their best for the young people who go there.

‘I’m sad to leave. It’s been an integral part of my life for the past 16 years. I’ve loved it.

‘Being a headteacher genuinely is one of the best jobs that you could ever hope to have. It’s got everything that you could possibly wish to have.’

Mr Rowlinson won’t be turning his back completely on the world of education as he will continue to do some teaching.

‘I just have to ease down slightly,’ he said.

‘I’m looking forward to having a bit more control of my time. I’m not the kind of person who likes sitting in a chair in front of the TV not doing anything.’

Ian Gates, deputy head at Brookfield School in Sarisbury Green, will take over as headteacher from May 1.

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