In a letter to parents last month, Mr Leon Nettley confirmed his decision to retire as Headteacher of Millais School, with effect from August 31, 2015.
In his letter Mr Nettley wrote: “This decision required considerable thought and reflection, but I have concluded that with the building project coming to an end and another Outstanding Ofsted under our belt, that it is the right time for both the school and for me.”
Leon Nettley joined Millais in April 1990 and was made headteacher in January 1997. Over the last 18 years he has taught and worked with many Horsham residents, and has made an impact on the lives of the many students who attended Millais.
Mr Nettley added: “Many of my fondest memories will be of students (past and present) whose enthusiasm, determination, resilience and outstanding achievements have always matched my ambition for their success.
“Every day, every week, every term, every year they remind me of why I chose this profession and how rewarding it can be.”
The Governing Body have not yet confirmed the appointment of a replacement headteacher.
Mr Nettley said: “I wish the school all the success it deserves and I thank you and most importantly your daughters past and present for making my career so enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling. I will be leaving with immense pride and fond memories, looking back on my time at Millais with affection, gratitude and personal fulfilment.”
Mr Nettley confirmed his decision at a full Governing Body meeting in November 2014 in order to give governors and early indication of his retirement.
The school will continue to run as usual.