A CITY headteacher is preparing for a new life in Spain after announcing he will step down from his current post next summer.
RGS Worcester confirmed this week its head Andrew Rattue will leave the school in July next year as he gets ready to take up a new role at a college in Madrid.
Mr Rattue has been appointed to the headship of the King’s College, which is widely regarded as one of the most respected British schools in continental Europe.
But his departure will end a nine-year spell as headteacher at RGS and chair of governors Rosemary Ham said he can be proud of what he has achieved at the school.
“We shall be sad to lose a head of Mr Rattue’s calibre, but I am delighted that he leaves the school in such robust health,” she said.
“The latest exam results place RGS Worcester in the top 100 of Independent Schools for the very first time, a legacy of which he can be enormously proud.”
During his tenure, Mr Rattue helped with the launch of the Development Office project last year, which has strengthened the school’s links with former pupils, while he has also encouraged students to gain places at foreign universities.
But arguably his most notable achievement came in 2007 when he oversaw the completion of the merger between RGS and The Alice Ottley School.
Mrs Ham confirmed work was now under way to find Mr Rattue’s replacement ahead of the 2014/15 academic year.
“We have an exceptional senior team in place to ensure the smoothest possible transition with an incoming head,” she added.
“The governors have already started the process of finding his successor. I am sure that we will attract a strong field of well-qualified and experienced applicants for such a high profile role.”