Seaford: New Chyngton head to build community feel

Pictured is Amanda Gard, with some of the pupils at Chyngton Primary School. E01058N
Pictured is Amanda Gard, with some of the pupils at Chyngton Primary School. E01058N

PUPILS and staff at Chyngton School in Seaford saw in 2012 by welcoming a new face to the team.

Mandy Gard has taken over as the new headteacher after her predecessor Jon Anniss left just before the Christmas holiday.

He had been at the Millberg Road school for nearly 20 years and during his time battled for huts to be replaced with something more permanent.

The campaign was successful. It was given a boost through the Primary Capital Programme, which saw the construction in 2010 of a new two-storey extension to the rear of the school, with six classrooms and a small hall.

Mrs Gard, who has been in the teaching industry for 25 years, stepped into the role on January 3.

The Seaford resident was also headteacher at Plumpton Primary School and senior advisory head at Stafford Junior School.

She said, “I saw the advert for the job and have been to lots of schools in East Sussex but not Chyngton.

“I’d always heard really good things about it so I came to visit and really loved the atmosphere and the way the children and staff work together.

“I really love the sense of community here and want to build on that.

“I’d like to create as many opportunities for the children here to gain the skills they need for the future.”

With 2012 being the year that London plays host to the Olympics, Mrs Gard is keen for the children to celebrate this event in some way and is looking forward to introducing other initiatives at the school.