BEXLEYHEATH Academy’s principal has called his time in charge “a pleasure and a privilege” as he retires after three-and-a-half years at the helm.

Bob Dore will retire in January next year. He oversaw the academy’s transition from being Bexleyheath School to becoming Bexleyheath Academy in September 2011.

Since his appointment the number of students gaining GCSE grades between C and A* has risen to 52% and 95% of students now gain at least five GCSEs.

Bexleyheath Academy has more than 300 students in its sixth form of which 99% moved on to university, college or employment in 2012.

Chair of Governors, Clare Johnson, wrote to parents saying: “His innovations, creativity and focus on improving teaching and learning have ensured that the academy is well on the way to securing outstanding status.

“The principal, staff and students have all worked tirelessly to ensure continued success in the future.”

Mr Dore said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead Bexleyheath School through many changes, including becoming London’s third Mayor’s Academy in 2011.

“I have every reason to believe that it will continue to prosper in the future and provide an outstanding educational experience for every learner.

“I will certainly miss the students, their improved aspirations, work ethic and above overall respect for each other and the community they live in.”

His replacement will be Carl Wakefield who has been a principal of three academies.

He will be hosting a Meet the Principal evening for parents in January to outline his plans for the future.