Gayhurst head teacher retires after 23 years
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The senior school had a major extension in 2000, while the outdoor swimming pool has been replaced by the nursery and a dedicated art room.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