TWO new deputies have been appointed to head up Seaford College from September, as a move to strengthen the school’s senior management team.
Acting head John Green, who takes over the running of the £20,000-a year College, near Petworth, from September, has appointed James Passam and William Yates to join the team, which already has Mrs Breege Jinks as academic deputy.
Mr Passam, aged 35, joins the College from St John’s, Leatherhead, where he is a Housemaster.
Mr Passam will become Deputy Head with a major focus on the Middle School (Academic and Pastoral), covering Years 9 – 11. A former Head of English and an AQA examiner, he will make an excellent academic addition to the team, according to Mr Green.
Married to Zoë with two children, Rose, aged 3, and Mary, 8 months, he also has two black Labradors- Blake and Biggles.
Mr Passam coaches all major team sports as well as having a keen interest in drama and film studies, which will be an added asset to both of those departments.
In the Upper School, Mr William Yates will become Deputy Head with a major focus on the Sixth Form (Academic and Pastoral).
Mr Yates is currently at Ackworth School, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, as Deputy Head and before this was a very successful Housemaster at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, so is familiar with the area around West Sussex.
He is a keen rower and coaches rugby, hockey and cricket, as well as leading Duke of Edinburgh Gold expeditions. Academically, he has an exceptional reputation as an inspirational and extremely successful Chemistry teacher.
The appointments came at the end of a very thorough and rigorous interview process which produced a very strong field, leading to three rounds of interviews.
Mr Green said: “I am confident that these two new key positions will play a crucial role in strengthening levels of communication with the parental body – as well as ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the academic and pastoral workings of the College.
I was keen to see more resources put into strengthening the school’s growing academic reputation. Both James and William will work alongside our existing senior management team, but bring with them fresh blood and new ideas.
“I believe this new team will give a real driving force to the school to take it into the future and am looking forward to have them both on board.”
Seaford College is a co-educational day and boarding school for 620 pupils aged from 7 – 18, set in spectacular grounds at the foot of the South Downs. It recently won three prestigious awards for its teaching excellence from The Good Schools Guide, Britain’s premier independent guide to both state and independent schools.
Numbers have doubled and academic excellence soared under the leadership of the current head, Toby Mullins, who is leaving the school to take up new challenges in the Midlands.
Mr Green said: “This is an exciting time to be taking over the headship of Seaford College and, together, we are looking forward to building on the success the College already enjoys.”