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Le Rocquier School head appointed

19 January 2012

Phil Slater, the current acting head at Le Rocquier secondary school, has been appointed head teacher with immediate effect.

Mr Slater (54) has been deputy head at Le Rocquier for the past 11 years. He takes over from Richard Rolfe, who stepped down last October due to ill health.

Mr Slater said “I am very pleased and proud to be appointed as the new head teacher of Le Rocquier, which I believe has a very bright future indeed. The school has a great set of pupils, supportive parents and governors, and an excellent staff team. I am confident we will all work together to ensure the best possible for our students.”

The chair of Le Rocquier’s Board of Governors, Anne Lane, said “We are delighted that after a long and thorough selection process Mr Slater has been appointed as head teacher of the school. I know he has the support of parents, staff and governors and am confident that the school will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

Education Minister Deputy Patrick Ryan said “Mr Slater’s appointment is excellent news for Le Rocquier. He has already shown his commitment to the school and he brings to this job a great deal of teaching experience, as well as a sound knowledge of the school, its students and its ethos. I wish him every success in this important role.”

Originally from Lancashire, Mr Slater began his career in 1979 at a school in Buckinghamshire, where he taught geography and PE. He later spent nine years working in Bermuda and, once he returned to the UK, rose to positions as head of humanities in three schools in the south of England. He came to the Island in 2001 with his wife, Kathryn, who is currently vice-principal at Jersey College for Girls. They have two daughters aged 21 and 23.

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