As is probably obvious from the title, I have recently (just over 7 weeks ago) resigned my post at a small independent school (non-burgundy book T&C). My contract states that one term's notice has to be given which, due to the circumstances that led me to needing a better paid post, wasn't possible. I had discussed this with the headteacher prior to attending the interview and was assured that the shorter notice period wouldn't be an issue. On 11th July, 36 hours before the end of term, I was handed a letter acknowledging receipt on 20th May of my resignation letter. Monday's letter did not make any reference to the end date I had stated in my resignation (31st August) but 'officially confirmed' that my final day would be 13th July; the final day of the school year. No mention was made of salary but I am assuming that this means the proprietor has decided I will forfeit my salary for not giving the full notice period. I am not disputing the fact that by resigning on 20th May to leave at the end of August, I have given 'insufficient' notice but I do feel that the proprietor has been unreasonable in taking over 7 weeks to inform me that my finishing date is 36 hours away/over 6 weeks sooner than I had believed it to be. This has serious financial consequences for me and, had I been aware that this was the proprietor's intention, I would have discussed the possibility of starting my new post after the May half-term instead of September (it was advertised with a start date of 'as soon as possible'). In case it's relevant, the proprietor has no intention of recruiting a replacement for me. It feels as though the proprietor has been deliberate in taking such a long time to respond, possibly because had I left at the May half-term, there would be no-one else to teach the Y6 class I have been covering, supposedly for a fortnight but actually for two terms (whilst also expected to carry out the role I was employed to do). My union is unable to help as it says that the contract is clear about one term's notice being required.This is my first experience of an independent school so I'd be grateful for any input you are able to give re: a reasonable time frame in which a formal letter of resignation should be responded to.