The headteacher at one Britain’s biggest junior school is retiring after 17 years.
Ocklynge head Mark Trott will say goodbye to staff, pupils and parents at the end of the summer term.
His retirement marks the end of a 40-year teaching career. Mr Trott has spent 26 years as a head teacher – 11 years at schools in Brighton, nine years in Ditchling and the final 17 at Ocklynge.
Mr Trott told the Herald, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ocklynge. It is the right time for me to retire but of course there are things I will miss.
“The staff and children are all a good bunch.”
He said he had most enjoyed watching staff and pupils progress and described the job as ‘demanding but rewarding’.
John Lace, chair of the governors at Ocklynge, said Mr Trott would be missed by all at the school.
He said, “Teachers have felt enabled by Mark’s dedicated leadership in all areas of school life and praise his tireless endeavours on behalf of all children at Ocklynge.
“The continuity he has brought to Ocklynge as headteacher will be remembered fondly by all who have passed through the school.
“The respect, care and compassion has been a hallmark of his 17 years and one of the reasons why parents want their children to come to Ocklynge.
“His legacy will last well into the future.
Mr Trott thanked the team of governors at Ocklynge for their committed and support over the years.
He added, “My role as head of Ocklynge has been hugely demanding but also very enjoyable and satisfying and in the few months that are left to me you can be assured that I will continue to strive to make the school as good as it can be so that I can pass it on to my successor in the best possible shape.”
The 60-year-old, who lives in Brighton, is now looking forward to volunteering during his retirement.