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New Executive Head and Director of Education revealed

New Executive Head and Director of Education revealed

Thursday 07 June 2018

New Executive Head and Director of Education revealed


Grammar School Headteacher Liz Coffey and former island Headteacher Andrew Warren have been announced as the new Executive Headteacher and Director of Education respectively.

Both are described by Education, Sport & Culture as "highly experienced educationalists", and have been appointed to the new roles as the development of the new structure for secondary and post-16 education continues.

Mrs Coffey, the current Headteacher of the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre, will be the Executive Headteacher of the new 11-18 secondary school, which will operate across two sites, with a separate 'sub headteacher' located at each location, working underneath Mrs Coffey.

She has over 25 years experience in education.

In the new role, she will be key in planning the two 11-18 colleges and advising the Committee on the development of the new structure for secondary and post-16 education. She will immediately work closely with the existing secondary schools as part of theCommittee’s commitment to make the transition from four schools to one school over two colleges a collaborative process.

"These are challenging yet incredibly exciting times in education locally and I amthrilled to have been appointed as the new Executive Headteacher. I look forward to working with the Committee, students, colleagues, parents and the community, to lead on the reforms, developing the new structure for secondary education, providingopportunity and excellence for all," she said.

Mrs Coffey will gradually assume her new duties as Executive Headteacher while continuing as Headteacher of the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre until the end of the academic year. An announcement will be made about the future leadership of the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre before the summer holidays.

Two schools ?It is still unknown which two school sites will be chosen by the committee, and what will become of the others.

Separately, Mr Warren, a former primary and secondary school Headteacher has been appointed as Director of Education.

He is a well-known and respected educationalist with considerable experience across all phases of education in Guernsey and England. He was previously Headteacher at Forest and La Houguette Primary Schools and Blanchelande College. He was also previously an Assistant Director at the Education Office. Most recently he was a non-voting member of the Committee – a role from which he has stepped down.

The Committee approached Mr Warren to ask if he would reconsider and assume the role on a contract basis, it said.

Mr Warren said of his appointment: "While much of the recent focus has understandably been on the reforms of secondary and post-16 education, I am conscious of the many other areas of education where significant focus is needed.

"The Director of Education is responsible for leading across the whole field of education, from early years through to higher education, and I am very much looking forward to using the experience I have gained across the primary and secondary phases to provide educational leadership."

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