New Nailsea School head teacher is Falkland's War veteran
A NEW head teacher has been appointed to take the helm at Nailsea School.
Chris Wade, who is currently head of secondary at Bridgwater College Academy, will take up the post from David New this summer.
Mr Wade, of Portishead, is a former Royal Navy marine engineer and a veteran of the Falklands.
He gained a BSc (Hons) in sport and physical education and a post graduate in physical education from the University of Wales Institute at Cardiff. He has taught in three schools in the South West since 2001.
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This includes head of year at St Katherine's School, Pill, from September to August 2003-2006 and head of house at Clevedon School from September to August 2006-2010.
Mr Wade is married and has two children but in his spare time is helmsman on the Portishead lifeboat and rugby coach with Gordano RFC.
A statement from Nailsea School governors said: "Mr Wade made an exceptionally positive impression on all the many people, governors, staff and students alike, involved in the interview process.
"He will be a worthy successor, able to build on Mr New's many achievements and take the school forward in our core purpose of providing the best possible education for the young people of Nailsea and our surrounding area."
Eighteen people applied for the £80,000 per annum top job at Nailsea School.
Mr New, 57, announced his resignation in December after eight years at the 1,300 pupil school.
During his time at the helm the secondary has seen some of its best A-level and GCSE results.
The school has 137 teaching and ancillary staff and an annual budget of £5.5 million.