Guidance on writing the letter
You should inform parents by sending a letter yourself. If your chair of governors also wants to send one, make sure they don't have any overlap or discrepancies.
The letters should focus on:
- The positives of your time at the school, including any achievements. If you're leaving under unpleasant circumstances, you should remain diplomatic and still keep a positive tone
- What you're doing next, e.g. moving to a new school, retiring etc
Letters from headteachers leaving to take up a new position
In his letter to parents announcing his decision to leave, the headteacher of Cottenham Village College in Cambridgeshire explains that he:
- Is leaving to lead a multi-academy trust
- Remains committed to the school
Access the letter from the school website where you'll also find the chair of governors' letter.