College principal returns after crash

Exmouth Community College principal Tony Alexander has returned to work, six months after being injured in a horrific car accident.

Mr Alexander sustained broken ribs and a number of broken bones in a three-car smash in January, after which he had to be cut from his car and airlifted to hospital.

He is currently working for a few hours a day, having been ordered by doctors to make a phased return.

Mr Alexander says he hopes to get back up to speed over the next few weeks, before returning full-time when the new school term begins in September.

He said: “It’s great to be back. I have been very warmly welcomed in the office, and a lot of staff have been up to speak to me and said they’re pleased to see me back.”

The school’s chair of governors, Liz Lee, said: “I know a lot of parents have heard Mr Alexander is coming back, and they are thrilled.”

Mrs Lee paid tribute to those who had filled in for Mr Alexander during his recovery.

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“During Mr Alexander’s absence, the acting principal, Graham Allen, has done sterling work, aided by deputy principal David Turner. It’s a testament to Mr Alexander that they are in the positions that they are, and that they were able to step up to the mark.”