New headteacher for Long Stratton High School

Dr Roger Harris is to be the headteacher at Long Stratton High School

Dr Roger Harris is to be the headteacher at Long Stratton High School - Credit: Archant

Long Stratton High School has unveiled its new headteacher, who will take up his post next September.

Roger Harris is currently acting headteacher at Woodlands Academy, Coventry, but previously taught in Norfolk, at both Thetford Academy and Earlham High School (now City Academy Norwich).

Before that, Dr Harris was a research scientist at the John Innes Centre and gained a PhD in biophysical sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Harris, who will succeed John Wilson, said: 'Long Stratton High School has the potential to be one of the best schools in Norfolk, and I am looking forward to working with staff and governors to take the school forward.'

Deborah Sacks, chairman of the governors, said: 'We are delighted to have appointed Dr Harris from a very strong field of candidates.

'He has some clear ideas as to how to take our school to 'outstanding', and we all look forward to working with him.'

Long Stratton High was the scene of a row recently when staff threatened to take industrial action after a boy allegedly took a blade into school.Mr Wilson had expelled the teenager, who was arrested, but governors over-ruled his decision, sparking a furious reaction from some staff.

Unions called the situation 'very worrying' and said they were offering advice about possible industrial action.

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But the school said Mr Wilson's departure was unrelated to that incident, and he will remain as headteacher until his retirement at the end of the academic year.