THE headteacher of Monmouth Comprehensive School will be leaving the post this summer after 27 years teaching there.

Vaughan Davies will be stepping down on August 31 having overseen the £43m rebuilding of the school into a 21st Century state-of-the-art campus.

Mr Davies, who is not looking for another headship at this time, said “It is with trepidation, and after much deliberation, that I leave our school, but I am looking forward to pursuing new adventures.”

Chair of the governors Mrs Victoria Smith said: “We will be extremely sad to see Mr Davies leave our school.  

‘‘He is an outstanding teacher and has been an inspirational leader who is incredibly popular with staff and students alike, who has led the school in achieving outstanding results.  

“His commitment to comprehensive education and to ensuring every student achieves to the best of their individual ability is clear for all to see.  

“Whilst we are very sorry to see Mr Davies go, he leaves the school in a very strong position.  

‘‘We are a high achieving school with a committed staff and aspirational students, situated in a desirable part of the county.  

“We are sure we will attract very high calibre candidates amongst which we will find the right person to lead and further develop our already successful school.  

“We are very clear that only an exceptional candidate will be right for our school and we will be working in the coming weeks to appoint our new headteacher.”

Mr Davies joined Monmouth Comprehensive school, which has nearly 1,600 pupils aged 11 to 18 as head of the History department before becoming a deputy head for 10 years and then head teacher in 2012.  

The new campus which replaced 1960s buildings was occupied by the school from September 2018, with the official opening taking place last June.

Mr Davies was delighted to welcome teachers, pupils and guests to the official launch of the campus, which was five years in the planning and he described as “the realisation of a dream.”