The CEO of an educational trust has made the decision to step down at the end of the calendar year after 30 years in the teaching profession.

John Chaloner took on the role of CEO of GFL Schools which comprises of 42 different schools and 87 teaching hubs in 2012. Three of which are Floreat Montague Park, Wheatfield & Windmill school and Springfield Primary School across Wokingham and Reading

It is said that it is a result of his exceptional vision and leadership that GFL Schools was formed and nurtured.

Jon has told colleagues: “It has been a privilege to have served as GLF Schools’ founding CEO for the last 11 years. Starting with two schools, I have been supported by families, trustees, SSB members and colleagues as our Trust has grown to the 42 schools operating today. 

"Educating our children and young people, past and present, in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and the London Boroughs of Croydon and Wandsworth has been immensely rewarding and it has enabled me to enjoy the most fulfilling career.

"It has been 25 years since I joined a school’s leadership team and, for nearly 20 years, I have been a Headteacher or CEO. I believe that the time is right to make a change and I shall always be grateful for the opportunities that I have been given since my association with Glyn School began 17 years ago. 

"A change in leadership of any organisation may be unsettling and I will support the trustees as they embark on their recruitment process for GLF’s new CEO and ensure a smooth transition process. I would like to thank Lynne O’Reilly, our Chair, and the rest of the trust board for their kindness and understanding regarding my decision to step down.

"In addition, I am grateful to the executive team, central team, as well as Heads and all GLF staff based in schools, for the unstinting support and hard work that they give daily for the benefit of the children and students attending our schools.”

Chair of the GLF Schools’ Trust Board, Lynne O’Reilly, said, “Jon’s legacy is immense. 17,600 children are taught across our schools every year, and I know that our staff hold a high regard for and greatly value his leadership. 

"The Trust’s record of successful school improvement is testament to Jon’s determination to ensure that every child has the opportunity to ‘grow, learn and flourish. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his unswerving commitment to making GLF Schools the best it can be.”