The headteacher of an independent school is moving on with his family after nine years at the helm.
Jerry Grundy has been headteacher of Akeley Wood School in Lillingstone Dayrell since his appointment in 2005.
But he will leave at the end of the school year with his wife Ginny Margerison, who works in the art department, and their twin sons, who are in Year 9.
Dr Grundy said the time was right as Theo and Davey, 13, will begin their GCSEs in September but he will leave with ‘a very heavy heart’.
He said: “I’ll be leaving with such mixed emotions. This place does get into your blood stream.
“I have lots of fond memories, professionally, but also for us as a family. The boys have grown up here and even in my late 40s, so have I.
“You put a lot of yourself into it and when it’s time to move on it’s a case of you don’t know what you have got until it’s gone.”
Dr Grundy said the next aim for incoming headteacher Jenny Clough is to ‘streamline the continuity’ between the junior and senior schools.
She will join in September from the post of headteacher at Meoncross School in Fareham.
But Dr Grundy is pleased to have enhanced the reputation of the school as he becomes headteacher at Birkenhead School near Liverpool.
He said: “It was a great opportunity which came up, at a similar school, with a similar ethos – which is the appeal.”
In the lead up to his final day as headteacher - which he said will be ‘highly emotional’ - Dr Grundy will front a staff band at the school’s music festival, Akeley Woodstock.
He said: “I’m the lead singer and we’re called Staf with one f, to show we too make mistakes.
“But by the staff, pupils and their parents, I hope to be remembered as someone who was approachable and someone they all felt comfortable in their own skin with.
“I hope I have served them well.”