A NEW headteacher has been appointed to a school near south Bracknell.

Neil Tomlin OBE, aged 45, has been named as the new headmaster of Hall Grove school, Bagshot, and is set to take on the role from September 1.

Alastair Graham, current headmaster and soon-to-be principal, said: “Hall Grove is a unique school, founded on a strong set of family values, and it is no exaggeration to say that it has been my life’s work over the past forty years.

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"I am exceptionally proud of where the school is today, and Neil is the perfect person now to lead our community into the next stage of our development.

"His first-class leadership credentials and passion for education, outdoor learning and pastoral development make him my ideal successor.”

Mr Tomlin joins staff at the school following a distinguished career in the British Army, receiving an Officer of the British Empire award for Commanding Officer from 4th battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Neil and Eugenie Tomlin, Hall Grove School

Neil and Eugenie Tomlin, Hall Grove School

Neil Tomlin added: “My career of public service to date has provided a strong foundation for my new role as Headmaster of Hall Grove and I look forward to combining my leadership experience with my genuine passion for education and the development of people.

"I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful school.

"This pandemic has shown how important school is for the well-being of all children and I am excited to be joining Hall Grove at such an important moment.

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"I have heard impressive examples of the children and staff demonstrating their resilience and determination over the past 12 months which we must build on.

"September will be a fresh start for everyone and I, with my wife Eugenie in support, am thrilled to be leading the school in this new chapter."