Haywards Heath College announces new vice principal

A new vice principal has been announced by Haywards Heath College.

Ben Friers, the new vice president of Haywards Heath College

Ben Frier will start as vice principal in April, ahead of the college’s opening in September.

He will join having moved from Brighton College independent school, where he has spent twelve years working across the school in a number of curriculum, pastoral and enrichment management roles.

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Mr Frier said: “I feel great excitement and privilege in taking on the role of vice principal at Haywards Heath College, and opening its doors in September 2020.

“The college will be a very special place for all those looking for an outstanding education and for the community as a whole.

“As part of the Chichester College Group, it will benefit from their success not least in shared ideas, collaboration and diverse cognitive thinking; all of which I believe is critical in providing for a life-long love of learning.”

Mr Friers' parents were both teachers, and his father taught at Haywards Heath College when it was a grammar school.

He also remembers learning to swim in the outdoor pool which used to be at the old site.

Paul Riley, principal of Haywards Heath College, said: “We are delighted that Ben will be joining our team at Haywards Heath College.

“Ben has some 18 years’ experience working with sixth form students, and he is a passionate advocate of holistic education and student development.

“I am sure he will bring plenty of new ideas and innovation, not only to the new college but to the wider Chichester College Group.”

Ben lives in the Brighton area with his wife, a primary school teacher, and two children.

Following Ben’s appointment, recruitment at Haywards Heath College continues.

The college has recently begun recruiting for a head of learning, and will soon be advertising for a range of teacher/lecturer posts.

To find out about job opportunities, please visit www.chichestercollegegroupcareers.co.uk.