Christchurch Boys' High School principal Trevor McIntyre has resigned after being appointed executive adviser to the Christchurch Education Renewal Programme.
The announcement came from Christchurch Boys' High School Board of Trustees chairman Mark Jordan.
"In this role he will be responsible for working with the education sector during the consultation process.
"This recognises the great knowledge and expertise Trevor has built up over his many years of involvement with the sector,'' said Mr Jordan.
"The appointment is for a one year term but we have agreed that in the best interests of his commitment to the role, and for the long term stability of Christchurch Boys' High, it will be best for him to resign from his position as headmaster.
"While we will be sad to see him leave, we are pleased that Trevor has been rewarded for his passion for the Christchurch education sector.''
The Education Renewal Programme has been highly criticised for its lack of consultation and errors in fact after it announced the possible closure of 13 schools and merger of 18 in September.
In the proposals Christchurch Boys' High School had been slated to merge with Shirley Boys' High School but the Minister of Education Hekia Parata backed down last week saying this would not happen.
Mr McIntyre will take up the role on December 3 and deputy principal Paul McWilliam will be acting principal.