Franklin College principal calls time on career in teaching

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Jul 2017

The school bell has rung for the last time for the principal of Grimsby's Franklin College as Trevor Wray announces his decision to retire.

Ending a seven year headship at the college, in Chelmsford Avenue, Mr Wray has hung up his cloak and called time on a career in teaching.

He has held several senior positions in a number of sixth form colleges over the last 22 years, but has decided to retire to fulfill "personal aspirations" with his family.

In announcing the news, Alex Baxter, chair of governors at Franklin College, expressed his gratitude to Mr Wray for creating an "inspirational environment" at Franklin.

He said: "I have recently most regretfully accepted Trevor’s decision to retire.

"Trevor has worked energetically with the governors to build upon the college’s already enviable reputation both locally and regionally.

"As chair, I am immensely proud to have been part of the incredible successes and achievements Trevor has brought about as its principal.

"His relentless energy, vision, dedication, passion and drive have created a truly inspirational environment for teaching and learning, where students and staff alike are able to thrive and achieve their potential."

Mr Wray has described it as a "pleasure" so spent so many years at Franklin, and thanked staff and students for their support.

Franklin College forged a partnership with other Humber colleges in March. Pictured is Trevor Wray (Franklin College), Leon Riley (John Leggott College), David Cooper (Wilberforce College), Jay Trivedy (Wyke College)

He said: "Retiring is not a decision I have come to lightly, far from it, but after holding senior roles in a number of sixth forms over the past 22 years there are a number of personal aspirations I would like to fulfil with my family during my retirement.

"The staff and students at Franklin College truly are the best I have ever had the pleasure to work with; they make each and every day special."

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In highlighting some of the more recent achievements by the college, Alex added that, under Mr Wray's guidance, Franklin has forged partnerships with the other sixth form colleges in the Humber area to establish the innovative ‘Venn4 Partnership’.

"This is of national significance and will surely benefit future generations of students", said Alex.

He added: "We have to continue to work in partnership with local authorities, schools and other academies to ensure that we have strong links across the community we serve."

The search for Mr Wray's successor is already underway, and he departs having left the college in an "excellent position".

Alex, added: "‘We are truly grateful for his legacy, which will provide a platform and smooth transition for his successor to move forward.

"He has overseen the development of the college into a campus with enviable facilities and a culture that allows our students to thrive and maximise their potential.

"With an ambitious board of governors and college leadership team, with excellent teachers, we can give an absolute assurance that we will appoint the very best candidate to ensure that Franklin College continues to go from strength to strength.

"It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to work with Trevor and I wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

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