A NEW headteacher has been confirmed for Bryanston School, Blandford.

Richard Jones was the acting head since the end of last year, with the governors of Bryanston now making his appointment permanent.

Mr Jones, who joined the school in 2020, said: "Bryanston is a school unlike any other.

"The care and attention given to the development of the strengths and personalities of all pupils is quite remarkable.

"I am honoured to be given the opportunity to protect, promote and harness such a unique and inspiring educational philosophy – especially at a time when the school is beginning to prepare for its centenary in just a few years’ time.

"I’m very excited about the years ahead and am looking forward to working with the entire Bryanston community as we collectively look to fulfil the school’s aspirations and ambitious plans for the future.”

Julian Greenhill, Bryanston's Chairman of Governors said: "We are absolutely delighted that Richard is now taking responsibility for helping the school move forward onto its next stage of development, as he has demonstrated such a strong affinity with Bryanston’s unique ethos and values.

"Richard’s appointment as Acting Head was seamless and he took the new responsibilities in his stride.

"His contribution and resolve since joining the school have been truly exceptional and he is widely respected by colleagues, parents and pupils alike."