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I am writing to inform you that I shall be leaving my post as Headteacher at The Hurst at the end of August 2015.
This summer I will celebrate a significant birthday and for some time have been planning to stop full time work after the age of sixty. It is a bittersweet feeling as, I hope you know there are many wonderful things to celebrate in being the Headteacher here at The Hurst.
Thus I need to scale down my time commitments so as to take on other part-time projects in education.
The Hurst continues to be a great place to learn and to teach. The staff and governors are very appreciative of the fantastic support given by families to our lovely school. It is the appreciation for, and the affection to the school by its pupils and parents that has sustained me in my role as Headteacher. Although there are always occasional challenges and stresses, for the most part my day to day life is a joy.
I will continue to serve you to the best of my ability for the next eight months and to fully prepare my successor when appointed, to take The Hurst further on its journey to be a great school.
M Christian, Headteacher
The Governing Board wish to thank Malcolm for all he has done for The Hurst during his 15 years at The Hurst and wish him all the best for his future plans. Fortunately, in the short term, those plans include continuing to lead The Hurst as he has done throughout his tenure, seeking the best outcomes for our pupils at all times.
During the next few months we will be actively seeking Malcolm's successor but would like to reassure all parents that this will not mean major changes to The Hurst; there is no pressure, internal or external, for us to do so. We are well aware, through the recent survey that a significant majority of you completed, that parents and pupils are very satisfied with The Hurst experience, so we would not want to do anything to affect that experience in a negative manner.
It is natural that change drives uncertainty and we will seek to reduce that uncertainty to an absolute minimum as we carry out the processes necessary to appoint the next Headteacher for The Hurst, who will be only the fifth in the school's history. Please feel free to contact me or any other member of the Governing Board, care of the school, if you have any concerns regarding the future of The Hurst.
We look forward to welcoming a new Headteacher before the start of the next school year and to giving Malcolm the send-off he deserves after so many years of dedicated service to the school.
Dr Norman Godfrey, Chair of Governors