INAUGURAL Scots All Saints College headmaster David Gates will finish in the role just two terms after The Scots School and All Saints’ College start a new future together.
Mr Gates was confirmed in January as the first SASC headmaster after seven years at the helm at The Scots School.
He had overseen growing enrolments and an extensive building program at Scots – including an indoor heated swimming pool, refurbished classrooms and the Tim Richards Pavilion – before taking the leading role in the merger with All Saints’.
In a letter to parents on Monday, Mr Gates said the college council had decided to recruit a “new principal for a new school” from June 2019.
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“I have been deeply honoured to lead The Scots School for the last eight years and to be the first principal of Scots All Saints College,” Mr Gates said.
“The Central West and Bathurst will benefit greatly from having one very strong independent co-educational day and boarding school and I have every confidence that current and future parents will experience the benefits of this merger immediately.
“I wish to assure the college community that I understand the decision of the trustees of the Presbyterian Church and the college council to look to appoint a new principal for a new school.
“I strongly believe that this is important for the future success of the new school as a fresh set of eyes, a newly developed strategic vision and fresh leadership are essential.”
In a separate letter to parents, Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW general manager Jeoffrey Falls thanked Mr Gates for his hard work and said he was leaving the college in a strong position.
He said Mr Gates’ time as headmaster had been a “fine balance between continuity, growth and change [demonstrating] leadership of integrity, care, respect and inclusivity”.
“Since the announcement of the merger of The Scots School with All Saints’ College in December 2017, David has worked tirelessly to bring together two existing communities; to honour the history and tradition of each; and to articulate the exciting structures and opportunities the new Scots All Saints College will offer,” Mr Falls said.
Mr Falls said the search for a new principal would begin immediately.