A NEW head teacher has been appointed for a Penarth school following the current head's recent retirement.

Newport based head teacher Trevor Brown - of St Joseph’s RC High School - will take over the role from Derek Jones at Stanwell School.

Mr Brown will start at the beginning of the next school year, September 2018, and said he is looking forward to taking the helm.

He said: “I will be incredibly sad to leave St Joseph’s in Newport where I have enjoyed the last eight years - five as the head teacher.

“I am proud of the staff and pupils there for their excellent work and I am privileged to be joining Stanwell School to work with the community there.”

Speaking about his retirement, Derek Jones said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of Stanwell’s journey over many years and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given during my time at the school.

“I’d like to thank everyone for the contributions they’ve made to Stanwell and feel confident that the staff and governors will continue to provide opportunities for all students to ‘Learn to Excel’ in the future.”

The chair of governors Tony Rogers said: “I would like to take this opportunity to express, on behalf of the governing body, our thanks to Mr Derek Jones for his commitment, energy and vision over the last eight years.

“Suffice to say that he has contributed immensely to the development of the school and his innovative development of the school facilities, school resources and financial planning has ensured the school is in a secure position for students, parents and teaching staff.”

Speaking of Mr Brown taking the position of head teacher in 2018, Mr Rogers said: “He is extremely well placed to continue our journey.”