The new school year at Newlands School in Seaford started with the permanant appointment of Tula Dyer as its headteacher.
Tula Dyer, the former head of senior school and pastoral care, had been at the helm for 18 months as acting head.
As part of an educational group, Beaconhouse, Newlands is now their UK flagship alongside Newlands-branded schools based in Yorkshire, Lahore and Kuala Lumpur.
Joining the school in 2005 as a member of staff and parent to her two children, both completing their education there with 12 GCSE passes, Ms Dyer experienced first-hand the changes that the school has undergone and she is confident that the school is now financially secure and clear in its educational aims and ethos.
She said, “Newlands ‘creative education’ is providing our pupils with innovative techniques to approach academic learning.
“It is more than artistic endeavours, although the school boasts an excellent visual arts department.
“It is about persistence, risk-taking, and confidence in fresh ideas and technology.
“This year our GCSE results saw an 86 per cent pass rate of five or more GCSEs at A*-C grade.
“For a non-selective school, with an additional Crested approved dyslexia support unit, we are incredibly proud of our success.”
This year marks the school’s 200th anniversary and in this time it has put itself on the map with the local community by raising funds for local and national charities and has worked closely with Seaford Rotary Club and the town’s mayor.
Ms Dyer said she and the team at Newlands were looking forward to the future, adding, “We are putting the past firmly behind us and looking forward to celebrating continued stability and success.”
To find out more about the school visit the website: www.newlands-school.com or call 490000.