Mia Lowney has been announced as the new headteacher at St Andrew’s High School in Sackville Road, Worthing, by its governors.
She will succeed Louise Welcome, who governors said had ‘led the school so expertly over the last few years of the school’s dramatic improvement’.
In the interim period, Jonathan Morris, National Leader of Education, will lead the school in the upcoming Autumn Term.
Ms Lowney is currently Deputy Headteacher at the Kings School in Hove and has ‘an impressive track record in all aspects of school leadership’.
As a Head of Year at St Wilfrid’s in Crawley, her students achieved the top five per cent for progress in the country.
She transformed the results in English at Warden Park Academy, Haywards Heath, so that 90 per cent of students now expect to achieve the national benchmark of a ‘good’ pass.
Ms Lowney is experienced in leading on safeguarding and ensuring schools are extremely calm and purposeful places in which young people can flourish, the governors said.
Ms Lowney said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to be the next Headteacher of St Andrew’s.
“On my visits to the school it was clear what a welcoming community St Andrew’s is.
“I was struck by the pride that students and staff clearly have in their school, and the aspiration there is to achieve even greater things.
“As one staff member commented to me, ‘this school is really going places!’
“I look forward to harnessing the positive energy led by Louise Welcome and to continuing the development of St Andrew’s as we begin a new stage on our journey to excellence.”