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The newly-appointed headteacher of a special school set to open in Bury St Edmunds has spoken of his excitement at the new role.

Fyfe Johnston will be the first ever headteacher of the Sir Peter Hall School in Airfield Road, on the town’s Moreton Hall estate, when it opens in September 2022.

The school will build up to having a total of 80 students with social, emotional and mental health needs, aged between nine and 16 years old.

Mr Johnston, who has worked in the education sector for 20 years and special education since 2006, said he was looking forward to the school making an impact in the local area.

Fyfe Johnston (left), new headteacher of Sir Peter Hall School, said:

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am delighted to be leading the Sir Peter Hall School. My passion for special education comes from understanding that there is a strong need for the best quality education possible for young people with SEND.

“Our education will be bespoke to each student and we will work closely with partners and families to provide our young people with the very best caring and therapeutic educational pathway.

Mr Johnston’s career in education includes past leadership roles at Beacon Hill Special School in Ipswich and Riverwalk Special School in Bury. He was also headteacher at The Care School in Norwich which achieved two ‘Outstanding’ inspections from Ofsted.

Mr Johnston added: “One of my first roles will be to ensure we have the right team in place to best support our young people. We want to provide a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere while working closely with the community to provide a school that everyone can be proud of.”

The new school, designed by Concertus Design and Property Consultants, will be named after celebrated theatre, opera and film director Sir Peter Hall.

Public consultation and open event

A Section 10 consultation will be launched on Monday 27th September offering the public a chance to share their views about the new school while a public consultation event will be held at Abbots Green Academy on Wednesday 6th October between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Find out more by visiting the school website consultation page via https://www.sphschool.org/2021/09/27/section-10-consultation/.