I've been the head of a small rural school for a few years now. In practice this means that I teach 0.5, wear an enormous number of hats and the idea of delegating is a running joke! My fantastic staff are way too busy doing multiple jobs to take on more. It also means I am extremely accessible toparents. There are loads of things I love about my job, my school and the people I share my professional life with. My governors are very supportive as are the vast majority of parents. In common with all schools however I suffer with that core of unreasonable parents who are making my life a misery. After a year on antidepressants, along with other stress induced problems, I've finally had enough. Following a very difficult meeting this morning I have spent the time after school as a bit of a zombie considering my future. My conclusions were - because of the size of school then dealing with issues tend to be very personal.... I am usually the personal target of the abuse as I will have been involved from the start. 20 mins after this upsetting meeting I had to pull myself together and teach year 2. When things get heated or difficult it is impossible to avoid the people for a few days to allow everything to calm down. So, before I just chuck it all in and go stack shelves aTesco, I wondered if you wise people could tell me your experiences of working in smaller and bigger schools. I'm not foolish enough to think that the job is less hard work, or easier. I know it's just different, but I would be sad to leave this world behind and just wondered if a different type of school would suit me better.