Highbridge’s King Alfred School has a new head teacher this month.

The deputy head teacher of one of the UK’s most improved schools is enjoying her new role at the helm of the school.

Denise Hurr was responsible for exam progression at Priory Community School for eight years in nearby Weston, a school that has been acclaimed nationally after being turned round to become one of the best few per cent in the nation over the past few years.

For the last three years she has been the head teacher at St Julian’s School in Newport which this summer achieved its best results ever with a 7% increase in the number of students achieving 5 GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths.

Now she is keen to continue the good work at King Alfred School achieved by former head teacher Andy Owen, who left in the summer after four years in the role.

This Thursday (18th September) at 5.30pm Denise will welcome hundreds of prospective students, their parents, carers and grandparents to view the school for themselves at their annual Open Evening.

Mrs Hurr told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I am delighted to be here. The school has a wonderful feel and I look forward to working with our staff to achieve even more success.”

Mrs Hurr, who gained a music and drama degree from the Welsh College of Music and Drama and a PGCE in music from Open University, has previously worked for NatWest Bank and Monks Park School in Bristol.