Shepshed High School pupil back to his roots
Former accountant Matthew Parrott had a life changing experience when he worked with pupils doing Young Enterprise projects.
He realised he was in the wrong profession, retrained as a teacher… and has now returned to his former Shepshed High School – 30 years later – as the new head.
And as if taking control of one school wasn’t enough, Matthew Parrott, aged 41, is also taking on the responsibility of Hind Leys College principal as part of the new Shepshed Hind Leys Federation, which involves having one board of governors overseeing both schools.
“It is slightly scary but it’s a great feeling because you know all the plans you’ve got you can get on with,” he told the Echo.
“Plus, if you put the two schools together, in terms of staff and students, it’s pretty much an average 11-18 size school.
“The two schools have got their own traditions, their own histories, their own identities and it’s quite interesting for me to get to work in both of them – it’s looking to respect this and make the most of it.”
Originally from Woodhouse Eaves, Mr Parrott attended Shepshed High School before finishing his school career at Rawlins College, which took him on to read politics in York.
His career began in Newcastle, where he worked as an accountant, before a spell as an estate agent in Manchester.
And it was through this job that his teaching career began.
After working with young people in their Young Enterprise projects, Mr Parrott knew then he was in the wrong career and retrained to become a teacher, working in Harrogate, Nottingham, and, most recently, John Ferneley College in Melton Mowbray, where he was head of school and enjoyed a short stint as acting principal.