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New Harperbury Free School head, Martin Blain, hopes school will be 'a beacon of excellence'
A Bushey teacher said he is "absolutely thrilled" to become the head of a new secondary free school near Radlett.
The Harperbury Free School, which governors hope will be built at the old Harperbury Hospital site, will aim to serve Radlett, St Albans and Shenley.
Martin Blain, who is currently the deputy head teacher of Immanuel College, in Elstree Road, said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed to lead Harperbury."
He said: "I am committed to traditional values of hard work and respect, but schools must be forward looking and need to challenge existing ideas in order to achieve the best and educate young people for the future."
Mr Blain will be meeting parents and prospective students at the school’s open meetings on September 28, September 30 and October 2.
The trained maths teacher said: "I have a passion for education and have taken huge pride in seeing my students flourish and grow.
"My aim is to create active world citizens who have the ability and determination to make a real difference.
"Over the next six months I intend to recruit a selection of the most outstanding teachers. These will be people with the creativity and energy to bring this school to life so that in 2014 we have a school which is a beacon of excellence."
The chairman of governors, Clive Glover, said: "In Martin Blain we have recruited someone with a great vision for Harperbury.
"As we have seen from his previous work at Immanuel and elsewhere he has the imagination and energy to create new ideas and drive them forward into reality.
"We are delighted with this appointment and look forward to his leadership of the school."
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