The first ever headteacher of a £9,250-a-year private school has resigned – after just four months in the job.
Tim Byford took up the role at Rudolf Steiner School, in Kings Langley, in September. His arrival was part of a radical overhaul, after the government threatened to shut down the school permanently. The school is still appealing against that threat, and if it does not succeed the school could close down after April.
Mr Byford was unavailable for comment, but a school spokesman said: “The current post holder was hired as interim principal. He is due to retire and will leave once the new principal is in place.
“The new principal will lead the school over the coming years and will ensure great outcomes for pupils at the school.”
When the school announced his original appointment there was no indication that he was being appointed on an interim basis. The position has been advertised to begin “as soon as possible”.
Before Mr Byford’s arrival the school had no headteacher, and was instead led by a “non-hierarchical” college of teachers. His replacement will earn between £60-75,000 a year.
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