Gay­hurst head teacher re­tires after 23 years

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

THE head teacher of a Ger­rards Cross school is re­tir­ing.

After 23 years at Gay­hurst School, in Ger­rards Cross, head­mas­ter An­drew Sims is set to re­tire this sum­mer.

Since An­drew Sims’ ar­rival at Gay­hurst School in 1993, a vi­sion for the fu­ture of high qual­ity pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion and the courage to de­liver that fu­ture have been his hall­marks.

The school as it is to­day is quite dif­fer­ent to how it was back in 1993.

Mr Sims started the first sin­gle re­cep­tion class in 1994 and opened a nurs­ery in 2008.

He also had the vi­sion that co-ed­u­ca­tion had huge ben­e­fits for both boys and girls in an in­creas­ingly di­verse and com­pet­i­tive world and, in 2008, in a lo­cal­ity dom­i­nated by sin­gle sex schools, he had the courage to over­see the first girls into the school and de­liver a co­ed­u­ca­tional school that all the chil­dren at Gay­hurst are now ben­e­fit­ing from.

Through­out his time, Mr Sims has led siz­able de­vel­op­ments to the fab­ric of the school. The ju­nior school has been re­de­vel­oped twice.

The se­nior school had a ma­jor ex­ten­sion in 2000, while the out­door swim­ming pool has been re­placed by the nurs­ery and a ded­i­cated art room.

The ad­ven­ture play­ground, as­tro­turf, com­puter room and pav­il­ion are also lega­cies of Mr Sims’ time at the school.

To mark Mr Sims’ re­mark­able time as head teacher, Gay­hurst is in­tro­duc­ing a new house in Septem­ber.

Fol­low­ing tra­di­tion, the new house will be Sims house.

Chair of gov­er­nors at Gay­hurst School Caro­line Shorten-Conn said: “I hope over the years Mr Sims will come back to sup­port his house at the many events that hap­pen each year.”

Re­tir­ing: An­drew Sims with his daugh­ter

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