When is the right time to retire? One head tells his story

After 33 years in education, primary headteacher Richard Bullard realised it was time for his life to take a new direction – and he hasn’t looked back

When should you retire?

At 4am, the skipper came up on deck to relieve me after my two-hour watch. It was chilly and we were somewhere in the Tyrrhenian Sea with no land or other ships in sight. The skies were clear, with the stars sparkling and the almost-full moon throwing its light across the water. Our 45ft yacht was under sail and there was a satisfying rapping of the canvas and swish of water underneath us as we made around 8 knots.

“What are you thinking about?” asked the skipper.

“Absolutely nothing,” I replied.

It was true. I didn’t mean that I wasn’t alert to my watch duties but, for the first time in my ...

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