Appointment of a new Headteacher
Dear Parents and Guardians
The governors are delighted to announce that Mike Gunston will be the new Headteacher of Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy with effect from 1st September 2018.
Mike Gunston has been Headteacher of The John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, since 2014. At The John of Gaunt School, he has provided outstanding leadership, ensuring good education outcomes for students and creating an inclusive school community underpinned by strong values.
Dyson Perrins is a good school and we attracted a large, strong field of applicants for the headteacher role. Following a rigorous interview process, the governors were very clear that Mike was the right person to lead Dyson Perrins forward. Mike enjoys working as a hands-on, dynamic and visible leader. He brings experience as a headteacher, a track record of leading a good school, and a belief in working collaboratively with other schools. Mike is looking forward to leading an inclusive, church school community underpinned by our Christian values. He is passionate about developing and building effective teams, and will lead our strong team of teachers and support staff to ensure that students have the very best opportunities for high-quality teaching and learning. Mike will be relocating from Wiltshire to Worcestershire over the summer with his young family, ready to take up his new role at Dyson Perrins in September.
I am very pleased to also confirm that Pete Wallace, our Deputy Headteacher, will take on the role of Acting Headteacher from April to August. Pete knows Dyson Perrins very well, having worked here for sixteen years as a teacher, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, and I know that he will provide strong and clear leadership during the summer term.
As we prepare to say farewell to Stuart Wetson at the end of this term when he moves to become Headteacher of St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, I am delighted that we have been able make such a strong appointment for Dyson Perrins, which will ensure that our school continues to provide the very best education opportunities for all of our students in the coming years.
Chair of Governors