Rickmansworth School headteacher Mr Keith Douglas has decided to retire at the end of this year.
The former head of Bushey Meads made the announcement in a letter to parents in December last year, saying: “I am writing to inform you that I will be retiring at the end of next year, in December 2019.
“I have been a headteacher in South West Hertfordshire for 13 years, serving the local communities of Bushey, as head of Bushey Meads, and here in Croxley as head of Rickmansworth.
“During these years I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people, brilliant teachers and highly talented students, and none more so than here at Rickmansworth School. It has been a privilege to lead such an amazing school and oversee the progress the school has made.
I have provided a long notice period, so the governing body have ample time in which to recruit the future headteacher. I can assure you that our focus will remain on student progress and their wider development during this period. We also have future plans for the school and will provide further updates next year.
“I know a change in the headteacher can be unsettling, but the governing body and I remain committed to providing the best education for our young people and to the continued improvement in the school. I would like to thank you for the support you have given to me and the school during my time here. It has been an honour to be the headteacher of this excellent school and I look forward to its continued success in the future.
“Thank you once again.”
Mr Douglas took charge of the school at the beginning of 2014.