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Harperbury Free School in Radlett appoints first headteacher
The governors of a free school which will open next year have just appointed its founding headteacher.
Cambridge graduate Martin Blain will be at the helm of Harperbury Free School when it opens next September.
Currently a deputy head at Immanuel College in Bushey, the maths teacher aims to bring the best ideas and technology to the “ground-breaking” school.
He added: “I am committed to traditional values of hard work and respect.
“But schools must be forward looking and need to challenge existing ideas in order to achieve the best and educate young people for the future.”
A former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School in Barnet, where he taught for many years, Mr Blain has also worked at establishments including Hasmonean High School.
The former civil servant has also spent two years working as a voluntary teacher in East Africa.
He added: “I have a passion for education and have taken huge pride in seeing my students flourish and grow.”
“My aim is to create active world citizens who have the ability and determination to make a real difference.
Mr Blain will now spend the next six months recruiting “outstanding” teachers.
He said: “These will be people with the creativity and energy to bring this school to life so that in 2014 we have a school which is a beacon of excellence.”
Harperbury Free School, which is expected to be built at the Harperbury Hospital site in Radlett, will accept children from Radlett, Shenley, London Colney, Park Street, Bricket Wood and Borehamwood.
Chairman of governors Clive Glover said the school had appointed a headteacher with a “great vision” for the school.
He added: “As we have seen from his previous work at Immanuel and elsewhere he has the imagination and energy to create new ideas and drive them forward into reality.
“We are delighted with this appointment and look forward to his leadership of the school.”
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