A DEPUTY head has traded his job in Portsmouth for a headship in nearby Petersfield.
Andrew Rowley, formerly at Portsmouth Grammar School, has become only the third head in Ditcham Park School’s 35-year history.
Mr Rowley, who lives with his wife and four children in Rowlands Castle, was deputy head at the grammar school for eight years but will fill the shoes of headteacher Kathryn Morton who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
The keen outdoor sportsman who cycles to work every day said: ‘It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed head of this superb school.
‘It is a unique place which has a very special atmosphere that is difficult to describe but the effect it has on people is immediately obvious and clearly evident wherever you look.
‘This is a school where all the pupils and staff feel a strong sense of belonging, value and commitment.
‘I have taken over a school which is thriving and I am committed to ensuring that the future for Ditcham Park School is exciting and successful.’