Eastbourne school head resigns

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The headmaster of an Eastbourne school has resigned.

Simon Davies, the head at Eastbourne College, will leave the school at the end of the academic year in 2016.

Mr Davies has been at the school for 11 years and said it was the right time for him to move on to pastures new.

In a letter to pupils, parents, heads of feeder schools and members of the Eastbournian Society today (Wednesday), Mr Davies said, “I have tendered my resignation to the chairman of governors, from the end of this academic year, so he can begin the process of appointing my successor.

“Next August I complete 11 years as headmaster of the college – which will be exactly half my teaching career. With Project 150 successfully launched, Robina and I have decided it is the right time for me to move on to fresh challenges.

“We have loved our time in this wonderful community and it continues to be a privilege and real joy to me to see Eastbournians develop, triumph, deal with adversity, grow, mature, make errors and set things right, form lifelong friendships and complete their voyages through school; it is also a privilege and joy to see Old Eastbournians and other members of the college’s extended family, the Eastbournian Society.

“We have been blessed by the fellowship of many OEs and friends of the college and greatly valued their generosity, kindness and support of this great school and for us personally.

“We shall miss the college and always be keen to follow its progress (from a discreet distance); we are sure, though, that this is the right way forward for us. Having changed career at 30, I am excited by the prospect of doing so again at 52.”

Mr Davies said now the announcement of his resignation had been made, he said it was important to get on with making this academic year the very best it can be for us all.”

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