An Ipswich-based school named after Sir Bobby Robson has announced its first ever headteacher.
Adam Dabin has spoken of his excitement as he prepares to lead the Sir Bobby Robson School, which is due to open in September.
The school, which will be based in Lindbergh Road and run by the Unity Schools Partnership, will offer 60 places for youngsters with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Mr Dabin, 36, has joined the trust following a successful headship of two Norfolk schools – Henderson Green Primary Academy and Lingwood Primary Academy.
He said: “The only way I would have left those two schools was for something very special – and the chance to shape a school from a blank canvas is certainly that.
“I was initially interested in the role because of the name of the school and to be the founding head of the Sir Bobby Robson School and develop an educational and care provision for young people with complex needs is amazing.”
Opening in September 2020, the Sir Bobby Robson School will be a 60-place special school for boys and girls, aged between eight and 16 years old, with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) issue needs.
It was decided to name it after the famous England and Ipswich football manager following a public consultation.
Mr Dabin added: “I am very proud to be the school’s first headteacher. My vision is to create the best provision for our young people, from an academic, social and emotional perspective.
“I want the Sir Bobby Robson School to not be afraid of trying new things to ensure we have the best possible environment and to create a real school community, both with the pupils and parents – and for them.”
Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Adam’s experience and passion leading the Sir Bobby Robson School.
“We will now begin the process of advertising and appointing key staff as we prepare for September’s exciting opening.”
The new school, designed and project managed by Concertus Design and Property Consultants, will include 15 classrooms, soft play and sensory areas, a new multi-purpose hall, staff and parent facilities as well as a kitchen and dining space.