I want to take this opportunity to thank all staff at Acorn House College for their hard work during my tenure as principal; the college is fortunate to have some dedicated teachers and administrators. In particular, my thanks go to the small but outstanding team of people who have supported me and been alongside me whilst I have sought to modernise and raise standards at the college. Together we have ensured that Acorn House is in a strong and secure position for the future.

The inspiring new space in Lab8 has helped to create a culture and atmosphere of independent learning that is so important as our students progress to university and beyond. Our students have been afforded a system of university support and preparation that would be the envy of many schools and colleges, and they have benefitted from some truly inspiring and world-class speakers and advisers who visited the college. Acorn House has modernised greatly and now benefits from up-to-date policies, procedures and systems that will allow it to continue to grow from strength-to-strength and ensure that the college will offer an outstanding experience to its learners and young people in the years to come.

I would also like to thank Acorn House College’s community of parents and students. Your support and good wishes in recent weeks have been both humbling and inspiring. I have alway tried to act with our students’ interests as my first priority. For those of you in the upper sixth and leaving Acorn this year, I’m delighted to have accompanied you on your A level journeys. It has been a privilege to have witnessed you become the self-reliant, mature, confident young people you now are and I am immensely proud of the determination and tenacity you have shown in the run up to your final exams. That is as hard as studying gets! Good luck to you all, I will remember you always and I am proud to have known you. The world needs more people with your values and skills and I look forward to hearing about your achievements in the future.

Finally, I would be delighted to hear from any member of the college community who would like to remain in contact. You may wish to follow me on twitter @johnwilsonedu where I share resources, ideas, and comments on education and teaching and where you can contact me in the future.

I wish the very best of luck to my successor as principal, who will inherit a wonderful college with great potential and look forward to my own new ventures with great excitement.



  1. Very well written John and how very magnanimous of you – you got the message across that Acorn now no where resembles the shambles you picked up!! Due to your hard work and efforts the college is in a much better position! Well it is up to them now, you have served your students well and they have experiences and a moral compass to draw upon for life – well done you!!!

    Well all I can say now is yellow dusters are on offer in Aldi so bring on the yellow duster brigade!!! and let the chaos begin!! let’s see what happens!!!! As for you? well you are going from strength to strength – so proud of my boy!!!!

    Lots of love

    Mam xx

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