A NEW headteacher has been appointed to take over at Uckfield Community Technology College.
The board of governors announced the appointment of Hugh Hennebry as principal from September 1 2008.
He replaces Craig Pamphilon who retires from the college after 22 years at the end of the summer term.
Chairman of governors Neill Barker said: 'The governors are delighted with the appointment.
'Replacing Craig had been a daunting task, and we feel completely confident that we have found the right person to take the college forward into a new era.'
Mr Hennebry was born and grew up in Ealing, West London.
He has taught for 22 years in four different schools, and comes to Uckfield from Imberhorne School, East Grinstead, West Sussex where he had been deputy head for four years.
He is married with three children.
He told the Express: 'I am passionate about education and when I came on interview to UCTC, the college stood out as a place with a very personal approach.
'The students are enthusiastic about their learning and the staff extremely warm and professional.
'I am delighted about the opportunity this new role has for me to serve the Uckfield community.'
During Mr Pamphilon's 22-year teaching and leadership term, Uckfield Community Technology College attained specialist college status in technology and vocational learning, the latter as the result of the high performance of its students.
When he announced his retirement in early December he said he knew the school would attract a new head whose intention would be to excite people and take it onto new heights.
'I have not left them with a hill to climb - the school can get better and better and it's not just leadership that achieves that.
'Success is down to the wonderful students, teachers and staff.'
Mr Barker paid tribute to the outgoing head, describing him as a 'charismatic and successful leader' who had created a rich and diverse learning environment in which students could thrive.
Last week Mr Pamphilon crowned his career by saving the life of a teacher by who was about to drive into the path of a falling tree.