High School head to help at troubled Rye college

BEXHILL High School headmaster Mike Conn has accepted a two-term secondment to sort out troubled Thomas Peacocke Community College at Rye.

Thursday, 10th April 2003, 2:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 7:59 pm

But the reforming head who won technology college status for the Bexhill school, has pledged that he will not be leaving the High.

The staff of both schools were told of the move in a timed announcements after school hours on Tuesday. The appointment was confirmed by a county education authority announcement the following morning.

Thomas Peacocke has been in administration following a highly critical OFSTED report. Michael Buchanan stood down as head this week.

Mr Conn told the Observer: "I am not going to be at the High School for a couple of terms. I am going to Thomas Peacocke as acting principal.

"I am looking forward to the challenge immensely.

"But I have no intention of leaving Bexhill High. I have made a commitment to my governing body that I will be at the High for at least five years.

"I will be going over to Rye as an experienced head to help there. Bexhill High will be in the hands of my deputy, Di Hawksby, who did extremely well during the period when I was ill"