THE headteacher of Wensleydale School at Leyburn has left to take up a secondment with North Yorkshire County Council's Children and Young People's Services.
David Eaton, who has been head of the school for the last six years, has taken up the secondment until the spring.
Stepping in as acting head is Tony Rawdin, head of Norton College.
Mr Eaton tragically lost his wife to cancer 18 months ago, which left him with the sole care of his two young sons, aged two and five. In consultation with North Yorkshire's Children and Young People's Service, he has decided to stand down in the best interests of the school and to enable him to consider his future.
Chairman of governors at Wensleydale School, Mavis Parry said: "We are very sorry to see David go, but understand the reasons for his request to be relieved from headship. We have the greatest sympathy with him and wish him well for the future."
Mrs Parry said Mr Eaton had overseen substantial capital projects during his headship at Wensleydale. These included a new science block and an upgrade of modern languages and design technology facilities. An extended learning centre was currently being built and will be finished by the end of the summer term.
"David also extended the wider curriculum and developed vocational opportunities. He had an absolute belief that every child matters; that was the true mark of his headship," said Mrs Parry.