New Ratton head teacher is revealed


Ratton School has appointed a new headteacher.

Huxley Knox-Macaulay will take over as head at the Park Avenue secondary school in the summer.

The school is currently under the leadership of acting headteacher Anne Wardle who stood in when former head David Linsell left the school earlier than envisaged to take up a new post.

A school spokesperson said, “Following two days of rigorous interviews and presentations the governors are delighted to announce that Ratton School has appointed a new headteacher.

“The shortlist was of a very high calibre but the governors were unanimous in their decision to appoint Mr Huxley Knox-Macaulay, who is currently the deputy head of Hove Park School.”

In a letter to Ratton staff, pupils and parents, Mr Knox-Macaulay said, “It is a privilege to be appointed as your new headteacher and I am looking forward to sharing my vision for an outstanding future with everyone in the school community.

“I have spent the last 13 years working as a teacher and senior leader in schools on the south coast and have been inspired by the positive ethos and success at Ratton.

“Before moving to Sussex I spent 10 years in three separate schools in London, latterly as head of science with George Green’s School in Tower Hamlets.

“I live in Brighton with my wife and two children.

“The eldest has just started at university and the youngest is still at primary school and keeps me full of energy.

“In what spare time I have, I enjoy music, literature, sport and family life.

“I look forward to meeting you all over the coming months.”

Former head David Linsell left his job three months earlier than expected. He resigned in November last year after 13 years at the helm to take up a new role with a chain of academies in the south. He was expected to leave the school at the end of the Easter term. But in January it was revealed he had left early.