Head teachers taking sabbaticals really P me off! Why should I pay fees for the Head to bu**er off on a jolly for a year. If he wants to develop he can take an unpaid GAP year before he takes up his new post.
I have had friends children not get into certain senior schools because the deputy did not write good enough reports and the Head was not around to talk to the school that had rejected them. When he returned he was quite clear that they should have got into X school.
Sorry for being off topic but it struck a nerve!