20 June 2018
New headteachers have been appointed for three of Jersey’s States primary schools.
Sam Cooper has been appointed as the new head of d’Auvergne School. Born and educated in Jersey, Mr Cooper has taught in Island schools for 25 years, and has been the headteacher at Springfield School for the last six years.
Mr Cooper said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as headteacher of d’Auvergne Primary School. The school has an excellent reputation and I intend to build on this. I am looking forward to getting to know the children and their parents, and to working with the staff at this exciting time in the school’s development.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks and best wishes to the fantastic Springfield School community for their support. I have loved working with them as deputy and headteacher for the last 15 years.”
Lyn Linton is a Jersey woman returning home to take up the position of headteacher at First Tower School. Educated at Grainville and Hautlieu Schools, she has worked in various schools in London and the UK, most recently as headteacher for five years in a successful school in Hertfordshire.
Mrs Linton said: "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed the new headteacher for First Tower School, and I am very keen to get to know all the pupils, staff and parents. Being the headteacher of a school is a great privilege and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that go with it."
Phil Walker has been appointed as headteacher of Plat Douet School. Mr Walker has been a senior leader and deputy head at the school for the last six years, and this appointment will offer invaluable continuity to the school. He replaces Suzanne Conoops who served as headteacher for 19 years, only the fourth headteacher in the school’s 50-year history.
Mr Walker said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the fifth headteacher of such a wonderful school. I follow a very successful and inspirational headteacher, and I am determined to carry on and further develop the excellence in education at Plat Douet. I would like to thank Suzanne for her encouragement, constant high expectations for all and for being instrumental in developing my skills to enable me to take up the role and continue the development of Plat Douet School. It is a privilege to do so and I look forward to an exciting future.”
Education Minister, Senator Tracey Vallois, commented: “I would like to congratulate the new headteachers and wish them well in their positions. They are joining three great schools and I look forward to working with them as they settle into their new roles. I would also like to thank the three outgoing heads for their years of hard work and dedication to our children.”