AQA has announced that its chief executive Andrew Hall will be retiring from full-time work at the end of the year. Recruitment for his successor will begin this month.
Andrew joined AQA in 2010 and has led the organisation through a period of significant qualifications reform, maintaining AQA's position as the market leader for GCSEs and A-levels in England.
Professor Paul Layzell, Chair of AQA's Council of trustees, said:
"Andrew joined AQA with a clear vision of where he wanted to take the organisation in terms of strengthening its capability and ensuring it remained true to the educational values that lie at its heart.
"He has guided the organisation through the significant challenges of an intense period of qualifications reform and built a strong leadership team. Andrew has also worked tirelessly and constructively with external stakeholders and kept everyone focused on what matters most – enabling students to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives.
"He has had an immensely positive impact during his time at AQA, both on the organisation and the wider sector and, while the trustees and I appreciate his reasons for stepping down, we are very sorry to see him go."
Andrew Hall said:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at AQA and in many ways would happily stay a whole lot longer. However, I have elderly relatives who need my support, so I want to be able to spend more time with them than my full-time job allows.
"I came into education because I wanted to help young people have the best possible chance of competing in a tough economic climate.
"Our focus over the last five years has been on designing high-quality assessments that encourage and support good teaching and learning. AQA has achieved a great deal in that time, and I am pleased to be leaving it in the capable hands of a first-class management team."