Highbridge’s King Alfred School has announced the appointment of its first principal this week.

Nathan Jenkins, pictured above right, will join the school in September at the start of the autumn term, taking over from outgoing head teacher Denise Hurr.

Nathan is currently the Principal of a 3-16 community school in South Wales and is married with two boys, aged 11 and 14. He is also a qualified rugby coach.

He has been appointed following a series of interviews and impressing the students with his authority and personality.

Neville Coles, Executive Principal at the Priory Learning Trust, pictured above left, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We are delighted at this appointment. Nathan has an excellent track record of school improvement and is ambitious to make this school one of the best around.”

Nathan told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I’m delighted at being appointed to the post at King Alfred School and am really looking forward to starting.”

“The children and staff I have met so far have been delightful and displayed a real passion and pride in their school.”

“With their support and that of The Priory Learning Trust I am confident we can continue to build on the improvements that have already started at King Alfred School and together we will build the high performing school that the community deserves.”

Nathan will begin on a one-year fixed contract in the first instance, after the appointment by the Interim Executive Board, Somerset Local Authority and The Priory Learning Trust.

His appointment was announced at a Year 6s evening on Thursday evening (May 10th) and via a letter to parents and students.

He will be joining the school as Principal from September 1st, 2018.

Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here that the current head teacher, Denise Hurr, is stepping down from her role on 31st August 2018.

King Alfred School is working closely with The Priory Learning Trust to improve and was recently praised for its progress following a new OFSTED inspection monitoring visit, as we reported here.

The Priory Learning Trust leads the nearby Priory Community School Academy and Worle Community School Academy, and has a good track record in school improvement.

King Alfred School received a positive Ofsted after 8 months of being assisted by The Priory Learning Trust, and also recently secured £1.2 million of government funding towards upgrades of the school site. The school also says it is on course for strong GCSE results this year.

Pictured: Top – Neville Coles, Executive Principal at the Priory Learning Trust, with Nathan Jenkins, the new Principal at Highbridge’s King Alfred School