New head teacher for Newlands School in Seaford

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A NEW head teacher has been appointed at Newlands School in Seaford.

Mandy Johannson will take over the role from the current head Adrian Cooper in early January 2011.

Mr Cooper will remain part of the teaching team in art and photography where he has achieved outstanding results previously.

School trustee Lord Maclennan said: “I am really grateful to Adrian for his hard work as head master over the last 11 months and for the strong commitment he has given to Newlands School.

“With her wide ranging experience in running schools in the UK and overseas , I know Mandy and the team at Newlands will build on the school’s strengths.”

Since the school was bought by Beaconhouse in 2009, the company has invested heavily in new PCs, a multi media centre and repairs to the school.

This included bringing the swimming pool back into use. 

Ms Johannson has worked in education for the past 26 years.

She spent 13 years as a head teacher of three very different schools which were based in both the UK and Internationally. 

She has had great success in developing all of them into extremely well-thought of  schools.

As head of a two to 18 years International School in Spain, she led the school successfully through two ownership changes. And it soon became a strong, student centred and thriving organisation.

Ms Johannson said: “I am delighted to be joining Newlands and look forward to meeting everyone very soon. 

“I believe whole-heartedly that a school is the team of students, staff, parents and members of the local community working together.

“And I will be inviting everyone to contribute to Newlands’ future each through their own particular interests, ideas and strengths.  

“Despite its recent challenges I am sure Newlands is full of stars and tremendous human spirit.  

“My mission is to celebrate and challenge and enable all of us to shine and be the best that we can be.”

 Mr Cooper, who has worked at the school for 22 years, took the post of head at Newlands half way through the year after the previous head Mr Bridgeman retired. Mr Cooper added: “I have enjoyed my time as head of this fine school.

“I am now really looking forward to getting back into the classroom.”