A new headteacher starts at Exmouth Community College next week as Tom Inman succeeds Andrew Davis after six years.

Tom is relocating from Bristol, where he was Headteacher at Gordano School, a very large and thriving 11-18 secondary school near Bristol, for five years.

He has recently worked with schools across Somerset, working with and supporting Headteachers and teams in leading their schools.

Tom said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Headteacher of Exmouth Community College. I was born and raised in Devon, with grandparents who lived in Exmouth and I really look forward to reconnecting with the community.

“Since being appointed to the role in March I have been working very closely with Andrew Davis, the Senior Team and Governors to ensure a really smooth handover so that we can continue to build on the team’s work over recent years.

“I have gained a very strong impression of a college the very centre of its community that is on an exciting journey, and with huge potential for the future.

“I look to the future with great optimism for our young people. They have been through a huge amount in their short lives, and have responded with resilience, determination and hope. They inspire us every day and it is a privilege to work alongside them.”

The school has also recently built a £13 million Elizabeth Lee building and the building of a new maths block is on track for completion in October.

Tom added: “The recent, and ongoing, significant improvements to the college site will allow us to provide an exciting and very broad educational experience in inspiring, state of the art facilities.

“But more than this, it is evident that there is a very strong sense of community at ECC.

“Through us all working together as staff, families and governors, and pulling together as one community, we can continue the great work to build a college that caters so brilliantly for its community and prepares our young people for their future.”

The college will be holding a number of ‘meet the Headteacher’ events over the next couple of months to allow parents and carers to meet Tom in person and hear more about his vision for education and the school.