DEVIZES School has a new head teacher.

Julian Morgan has been appointed as the new principal replacing Phil Bevan, who will be leaving the school.

He will be taking up a headship at Faringdon  Community College.

During his time as principal at a secondary school in Staffordshire, he successfully took the  school’s Ofsted rating from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ behaviour and safety.

Having started his career as a history teacher, he has gained many years of experience in education  leadership

More  recently, he has been secondary director and regional director for Swindon at The White Horse  Federation multi-academy trust.   

“I would like to thank Phil for his hard work and diligence  in the role," he said.

"Devizes School finds itself in a very good position, and I look forward to building upon the  progress that has been made under Phil's headship.

   “Being a school principal is the best job in the world and I have missed it. I am very excited to start meeting  parents and members of the school community as soon as it is possible.”   

In his role at The White Horse Federation, Mr Morgan has been working closely with Devizes School, and has  gained valuable insight into the school community during this time.   

Devizes School joined The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust in 2012.

The trust is responsible for  32 schools across Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucester, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire, including Melksham Oak in Melksham and St Luke's in Swindon.

Julian Morgan’s appointment at Devizes School will begin in September.    

Once he is in post, Mr Morgan will communicate his vision and strategy for improvement.

At its last Ofsted report in 2019, Devizes School was rated as 'above average' and in the top 20% of schools in England.