Jersey's head of education Mario Lundy to retire

Mario Lundy
Image caption Mr Lundy said it had been a privilege to work in such a variety of roles

Jersey's director of education, Mario Lundy, will retire next summer.

The 61-year-old said he would serve a long notice period to allow a successor to be appointed.

Mr Lundy has held the role since January 2008 after working as assistant director for Schools and Colleges for four years.

He came to Jersey in 1979 and worked at Les Chenes School, and was also head teacher at Grainville Secondary School for eight years.

Deputy Patrick Ryan, Jersey's Education Minister, said: "I would like to thank Mario for his 34 years of dedicated service and I am grateful for the long notice period.

"This is an important role in a complex area and the timescale gives us an opportunity to recruit a suitable candidate in plenty of time and allow a good handover period."

Mr Lundy said: "It's been a privilege to work in such a variety of roles in education.

"I am proud of Jersey's education system and what it has achieved for the island's young people.

"We have many dedicated staff and I would like to thank my colleagues in schools and at the department for their support and professionalism over many years."