Having dedicated over 40 years of his life to education - 28 of those as a headteacher and executive principal - Mr McCarron will step away from the office to enjoy his well-earned retirement.
Earlier this month, he was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards. Last year, he also received a Silver Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Teaching Awards.
Other personal highlights in recent years have included winning the Headteacher of the Year Award at the Greater Manchester Schools Awards in 2015 and being invited to attend Buckingham Palace in the same year in recognition of his services to education.
After making his mark as a headteacher at schools in Bradford, Bury and Tameside, Mr McCarron came to Stockport Academy in 2012, overseeing a complete overhaul of the school. Under the leadership of Mr McCarron and Mrs McCann, we have since received back-to-back ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings in 2015 and 2018 and become the number one school of choice in the area, with a record number of new students set to start with us in September.
Mr McCarron became Executive Principal of United Learning’s Manchester Cluster in 2016, continuing to oversee Stockport Academy as well as Manchester Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School. More recently, he has also supported Irlam and Cadishead Academy and Harrop Fold School in an executive role.
Over the past few weeks, Mr McCarron has been recording his farewells and posting them on his Twitter page – sharing his memories and paying tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff, students and everyone associated with the school communities he has served over the years.
Stockport Academy Principal Mrs McCann said: “It goes without saying that Mr McCarron is a one in a million. Words can’t thank him enough for the influence he has had on thousands of students, staff and the communities he has served over his phenomenal career.
“It has been an absolute honour to work with him and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Mr McCarron said: “The last few years of my career at Stockport Academy and working across the United Learning Manchester Cluster have been among the best years of my life.
“I have been lucky to work with some of the best professionals in the sector during my career, many of whom have also become great friends.
“I would particularly like to thank Mrs McCann who I have worked alongside for the last 20 years, Mrs Scullion for the last 13 years, Mrs Finley for the last 15 years and Mrs Staniforth for the last 12 years. I count myself incredibly fortunate to have had your support and loyalty throughout this time.
“It has been an absolute privilege to be part of the Stockport Academy community and I am so excited for the future of the school. There is no doubt that students and staff will continue on their journey to become an Outstanding school with great success under the leadership of Mrs McCann.”
Thank you for everything Mr McCarron – from everyone at Stockport Academy we wish you a wonderful, well-earned retirement.