This letter is coming to you on a Wednesday this week, following an announcement that I made to French Section staff earlier today. I wanted to be sure that you learnt what I had to say directly from me, rather than second or third hand. Before I get into those details though, I cannot break with tradition; it is my first letter of the month of and so, I would like to wish you all the very best for 2020 – joy, happiness, laughter and success (a special thought for our 3ème and Terminale students, and to our colleagues who are sitting university and state competitive exams this year – I wish them in particular every possible success).

As I have just told my colleagues, 2020 will be a particular year for Andria and I – it will be our last one at TES. I had time to give our situation a lot of thought and consideration during the holidays, and I handed in my notice to the CEO on my return to school on Monday morning. He accepted my resignation, which means, I will be finishing up at
TES on the 31st of July. As I am sure you can imagine, it was an extremely difficult decision for me to take, but it was a necessary one; I do not share the vision for the future of the French Section that TES has decided on.

I am overwhelmingly proud of the school we have built together and ideally, I would have liked to have remained as your head for a bit longer, but just before the winter break, the CEO shared the plans for the future of the French Section with me, and I realised that I could not be the person to lead the project that was presented. These plans will be communicated to you soon by the CEO.

There is a lot of work for me to do before I leave you in July and that is what I intend to focus on. I will of course be working with the leadership team to recruit my successor (they say that a good head is judged by the quality of his/her successor). I promise you that I will continue to work with the same passion and enthusiasm as ever until
the very end.

I will also continue to write to you weekly over the coming months, to keep you informed of all our school’s news. I have six months left with you and I intend to make the very most of them.

Today’s letter is a short one, but I’m afraid the words are catching in my throat and I would prefer to leave you here.

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