Glyne Gap starts this next school year as an academy with new leadership.
The day school for children with special needs from age 2-19 became an academy in April according to Fiona Wright, East Sussex County Council assistant director for schools, youth and inclusion support.
She said: “The outgoing headteacher, John Hassell, who was an excellent and well respected head, was due to retire but wanted to ensure that he supported the school through the academy process and ensured good succession planning for the school leadership.
“Kirsty Prawanna has now taken over the post.
“In its last inspection, Glyne Gap was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
“We’d like to thank Mr Hassell for the fantastic job he did and we’re delighted the school has secured continuity through the appointment of Mrs Prawanna.”
The assistant head is now Barbara Clarke who was already at Glyne Gap and in that position before it became an academy .
The school governors voted unanimously to apply for academy status following consultation with staff and parents.