The headteacher of Northampton School for Boys Sir Michael Griffiths has announced that he is planning to retire at the end of the school year.
In a letter sent to parents, carers and students on Tuesday Sir Michael said that he is to retire at the end of August.
Sir Michael, who was knighted in the New Year’s honours list, said the governors have been aware of his intentions for some time and plans for his replacement are “well under way.”
He said: “It is with mixed feelings that I am writing to tell you that I have decided to retire at the end of this school year. I have worked in education for 40 years, 13 of them as headmaster of Northampton School for Boys. It is time to hand over the reins to a new Head to lead the school into the next phase of its history.
“I am incredibly proud of the school, the staff and - of course - the students. I will miss them all. But I will be retaining a few interests in education! If there are any ways in which I can support the school, I will.
“The last 13 years as Head - and indeed the six years as deputy in the 1990s - have been a joy. There have been so many changes - I hope most for the better. In my time as headmaster, we have changed from a 13-18 to an 11-18 school. We have increased the size of the sixth form - in particular the number of girls. We have built some phenomenal facilities. We have resurrected the House system. We have created formal links with our former students.
“We have increased our range of music, drama, dance and sports opportunities. We have expanded our Outdoor Education, and built a charitable link with Malawi. We have become a Teaching School and the first Convertor Academy in the country. There are wider changes planned for education nationwide, and we need to move into that new world with confidence.
“The school will become stronger. Change is invigorating. The students will continue to benefit from a fantastic staff and school. The Governors have known of my decision for some time, and the process of finding my replacement is well advanced. The job will be advertised this week. You will be advised as soon as an appointment has been made.
“Meanwhile there is a huge job to be done between now and July. I want the last year to be remembered as one of unparalleled success, whether in the examination hall, the sports fields, the concert hall, or wherever.”