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New head for Norfolk high school

PUBLISHED: 12:16 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:14 02 July 2010

Matthew Sparkes

Old Buckenham High School once again has full time leadership this term as new headmaster Peter Whear takes the reins.

Old Buckenham High School once again has full time leadership this term as new headmaster Peter Whear takes the reins.

The school had been without a head for several months last year when the previous holder of the position, Graham Hodson, took early retirement.

In September the school temporarily seconded Michael Rose, headmaster at Wayland Community School in Watton, as acting headmaster, and Mr Whear was appointed by governors in November.

He began in the job this week as students returned from the Christmas break, and he said he had a “fantastic” first day.

Mr Whear, 44, was previously deputy head at Haling Manor in Croydon for six years before spending just three months at Ravens Wood School in Kent.

The new head said that he took the job because he saw that the school had “real potential”.

“As a school we have a motto, which is 'achieving excellence together',” he said. “I've spoken to all the staff and the students and reminded them of that.”

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