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Newly-appointed headteacher at the Sir Peter Hall School, in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, 'delighted' to take on the new role

The newly-appointed headteacher of a school for students with social, emotional and mental health needs opening in Bury St Edmunds next year said he is ‘delighted’ to take on the role.

Fyfe Johnston will be the first to take the helm at the Sir Peter Hall School, in Airfield Road, Moreton Hall, when it opens next September.

Mr Johnston, who has worked in education for 20 years and special education since 2006, said he was looking forward to making an impact in the community.

Fyfe Johnston, new headteacher at Sir Peter Hall School, in Bury St Edmunds. Pictures: Concertus and Fyfe Johnston.
Fyfe Johnston, new headteacher at Sir Peter Hall School, in Bury St Edmunds. Pictures: Concertus and Fyfe Johnston.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am delighted to be leading the Sir Peter Hall School,” he said.

“My passion for special education comes from understanding that there is a strong need for the best quality education possible for young people with SEND.

“Our education will be bespoke to each student and we will work closely with partners and families to provide our young people with the very best caring and therapeutic educational pathway.”

Sir Peter Hall. Picture: Nobby Clark
Sir Peter Hall. Picture: Nobby Clark

The school will eventually accommodate 80 pupils, with 40 due to start next September.

Mr Johnston said welcoming the new students would be about helping them adjust to a different school setting.

“What we will find when we first start meeting our cohort, it will be students who have had a hard time in mainstream education,” he said.

“So we are going to have to bed them in.”

The new school, designed by Concertus Design and Property Consultants, will be named after celebrated theatre, opera and film director Sir Peter Hall.

Mr Hall has been called ‘the most important figure in British theatre for half a century’ and upon his death, the National Theatre said his influence on the artistic life of Britain in the 20th century was ‘unparalleled’.

A consultation was launched today offering the public a chance to share their views about the new school.

Another public consultation event will be held at Abbots Green Academy on October 6 as well.

For more information, go to: https://www.sphschool.org/

During his career, Mr Johnston has worked at the Riverwalk Special School, in Bury, and was headteacher at The Care School, in Norwich, which achieved two ‘outstanding’ inspections from Ofsted.

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