College appoints replacement for departing head

LANCING College has announced the appointment of a new headmaster to take charge in September.

Dominic Oliver will replace Jonathan Gillespie, who leaves for St Alban’s Schoolat the end of the summer term, after eight years in charge

A college spokesman said governors were delighted to announce Mr Oliver’s appointment.

“He is deputy head of the three Bedales Schools and was the outstanding candidate in an extremely strong field of applicants,” she said.

“During his tenure, pupils at Lancing have obtained excellent academic results, whilst opportunities to fulfil their potential beyond the classroom have also been enhanced,” said a college spokesman.

Dr Harry Brünjes, chairman of governors, said: “We believe that Dominic will bring vibrancy, energy and originality, together with a deep commitment to the longstanding values and traditions of Lancing”.

Mr Oliver said: “Having spent a wonderfully sun-kissed day exploring the area this weekend, all of the family are thrilled that we will be living here shortly and we are delighted at the prospect of becoming part of this clearly vibrant local community.

“Nestling in the South Downs, the beautiful campus at Lancing combines with a hugely committed staff to make it a peerless learning environment.

“Lancing has been a thrilling place to work and to live for countless young men and women for more than 160 years and I am eager that the years to come will include exciting new chapters for all those it nurtures and inspires.”