The Cavendish School, Eastbourne, started the new academic year with a new head teacher.
Peter Marchant has taken over from Kenny Fitzpatrick .
Mr Marchant is an experienced head teacher and was formerly head of academy at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, since 2010. He was also interim principal at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy.
Born in Brighton, Mr Marchant has lived in East Sussex for most of his life. He studied history at the University of Surrey and completed his final teaching qualification at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus.
He specialised in teaching PE and remains a keen sportsman, playing cricket for Maresfield.
Speaking about his new role, Mr Marchant said, “Cavendish already has a great reputation so I’m honoured to have been appointed to lead the school as it develops into an all-through school. This is a unique opportunity to create a fantastic teaching establishment where we can ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their true potential.
“I have been truly impressed by the students at Cavendish.
“They have been very welcoming towards me and displayed a real appetite for learning.
“In addition, thanks to the committed teachers and support staff, I feel confident that together we can create a first class all-through school that will bring enormous benefits to local families.
“Eastbourne is a wonderful community and I’m very happy to be back here.”
Nigel Askew, Chairman of Cavendish School’s board of governors, said, “We are delighted to welcome Peter Marchant as head teacher.
“Our priority is to ensure that Cavendish offers a happy, safe environment for students to make outstanding progress throughout their school years and Mr Marchant has the skills, knowledge and experience to take our school into this next phase.”
Cavendish is now an all-through school as this now has two reception classes for children aged four and five. For this first year, the classes are based within the main school in newly refurbished classrooms that have been specially adapted for young children.
A new building that will be linked to the main school is under construction and will be completed for September 2016.