Castle School head teacher Peter Smart resigns
PUPILS returned to the Castle School in Thornbury today for the first time since head teacher Peter Smart resigned from his position.
Parents received a letter from Will Roberts, the chief executive of the Castle School Education Trust, which runs the school and six others in the area, confirming the news as they broke up for half term.
In the letter Mr Roberts told them that the head had taken the decision to leave and the trustees had "agreed to allow Mr Smart to leave with immediate effect".
Mr Smart had been a member of the leadership team at Castle School for 13 years, four of them as head, although during some of that time he led Winterbourne Academy on secondment as Interim Principal.
In his letter to parents Mr Roberts said: “Mr Smart has now taken the decision to continue his career in a different educational setting.
"He has enjoyed his time at The Castle School immensely and is proud of the achievements of the school community.
"He would like to wish the students and staff the very best for the future.
"The trustees would like to thank Mr Smart for the dedication and commitment he has given to the Castle School over the last 13 years and wish him well for the future."
Whilst the recruitment process for a new head is underway, Mr Roberts will take on the role of executive head teacher.