I have come to realise in the last few months that I am getting truly disillusioned by the way that education is going and so have started to seriously contemplate early retirement. Next year I will be 55, by which time I'll have been a Headteacher for 13 years and will have accrued 33 years service. Looking at the financial side of things, there would obviously be a huge drop from a salary of around £60K to a pension of just over £20K, if my information is correct. I'm also concerned about leaving a profession that has been an enormous, and defining part of my whole adult life. However, I don't want to hang on until 60 and run the very real risk of ending up hating a job that has brought me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction over the years. I would rather leave 'on a high', but I must confess that I am also quite nervous about the whole situation. Has anyone who has had a similar experience, or who may be in the midst of their own decision-making, any pearls of wisdom to share on this subject, please?