THE head teacher of a prestigious private school in Mickleham has resigned after ten years in charge.
Mark Eagers, head teacher of Box Hill School, a co-educational school for boarders and day pupils, left the top job in December.
According to reports in national newspapers this week, the 55-year-old's departure was due to his relationship with 43-year-old Dinah Lowde, the wife of his deputy head Cory Lowde. Mrs Lowde also worked at the school.
The father of three served as head teacher at Ardingly College, in Sussex, for four years prior to taking the top job at Box Hill School, where he was said to be a "popular and dynamic head".
According to the London Road school's website, Mr Lowde, also 43, has been made acting head teacher.
The school is now recruiting for a new head teacher to take charge in September.
In a statement, the school, which charges almost £28,000 a year for boarding pupils, told the Advertiser: "In December the school's governors accepted Mr Eagers' resignation. Mrs Lowde has also left the school.
"Box Hill School continues to run as normal under its senior leadership team and it is expected that a new head will be appointed in 2014.
"Mr Lowde has been appointed acting head. His primary concerns are his children, their privacy and happiness and, professionally, the education and welfare of the 408 pupils entrusted to the school's care.
"Mr Lowde has the full support of his staff in respect of both of these objectives."
In August, Box Hill School students gained 86.4 per cent passes at grades A* to C at GCSE level, with 84 per cent achieving five passes including English and maths, at A* to C.