Victoria Crosher, Principal of Casterton Business and Enterprise College County College and Rutland’s longest serving secondary Head teacher retired at Easter after a decade of successful leadership.
Victoria worked in education for almost 40 years, starting at a school in Melton Mowbray, then Peterborough and Leicester, before coming to Casterton in 2004.
Victoria was Rutland’s first female secondary Head teacher, the first Rutland Head to lead an 11-18 school and is also head of the Ofsted Outstanding rated Casterton Childcare Centre.
During her time as Principal, Casterton has grown from 750 to over 1,000 on roll and has become the largest educational organisation in Rutland and Stamford.
On Thursday over 100 colleagues and friends of the college gathered to celebrate her time as Principal with an evening of tributes, music and song. Entertainment was provided by the wonderful Uppingham Jazz and Soul Band whose lead singers, Hannah Ball and Dave Bower (present and past members of staff) helped the evening along with a great mix of numbers both modern and classic.
Leading the tributes to Victoria was Carl Smith, principal designate of the college who thanked her for her outstanding work and the enormous impact she has had on the lives of so many young people. He said: “Vicky made everyone around her feel important and has that rare quality in a leader of humility and regarding herself as a first amongst equals.
“She will be greatly missed and we wish her a long and very successful retirement.”
There was a photo montage of Vicky’s life at the college and students made a film of memories from various members of staff. There was also an affectionate comedy tribute from male staff based on the song ‘there is nothin’ like a dame’ with Victoria being the centre of attention.
In her leaving speech Victoria said, ‘The years at Casterton have been some of the happiest and most fulfilling of my career and I have been fortunate to have worked with amazing staff and some wonderful young people.
“The challenges and pressure for students these days have increased, but I believe that the friendly family feel of Casterton, that I have worked hard to protect, supports the students in maintaining a healthy ‘work /life’ balance. “I have also been lucky to have a team of very supportive Governors who, whilst they have changed during my years here, have shared my vision and values.”