David Linsell, the Head of Ratton Academy, has announced he will be leaving at Easter after 13 years at the helm.
David, 55, is taking up a new post in education as a Regional Director and Executive Head within an Academy chain. He said it will be a major wrench to be leaving Ratton but says he is very excited about the new challenge he will face.
“I am immensely proud to have led Ratton for such a long time, during which we have achieved so much, and by ‘we’ I mean everyone, whether that’s staff, parents, carers, students or governors,’ he said.
“Ratton is an amazing place full of totally committed staff and talented students, and I shall miss everyone terribly. However - paraphrasing from my favourite poem - I have the opportunity to “take the road less travelled by”: life is about challenges and I have a major new project on the way.”
David joined Ratton at Easter 2001 having been Deputy Head as well as Acting Head at a school in Wigan before which he worked at a school in Chichester.
Whilst at Ratton he was seconded for a year to work nationally for the Department of Education. Peter Lindsey, Chair of Governors, said, ‘The governing body wishes to publicly acknowledge David’s achievements while he has been in charge.
“He has been a totally dedicated and effective headteacher, reflected in the recent OFSTED report when we were judged to be Good.
“He has also led us through the process which has seen us become first a Trust and then an Academy - significant times for Ratton. He will be missed terribly, however we must move on and the process to find a new replacement for September 2014 has already begun.”
David has also been active in the wider community and is currently President of Eastbourne AM Rotary Club - a post he will give up in April.