AN academy has appointed a new headteacher.

Adam Shelley - who has worked in education for more than 20 years as acting head, deputy head, assistant head, National Strategy consultant for Dorset County Council, head of department and, before that, as a maths and computing teacher - has taken over the reins at the Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport.

He achieved a Masters of Education (MEd) in 2015 at the University of Exeter and a post graduate NPQH qualification, National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2007.

Adam said: “I am delighted to lead the Sir John Colfox Academy and build on its successes.

“I believe every student can succeed and we must prepare them for the challenges they will face in the world.

“My immediate focus will be to ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of all students. I want every student to enjoy their learning and find lessons challenging and engaging.

“Our school is part of the community and we all need to work together to deliver the brightest future possible for the young people of Bridport.

“We are lucky to have a committed teaching and support staff, who not only help students achieve academic success, but also offer an amazing range of extracurricular activities. This gives students lots of different ways to find success, develop as well-rounded individuals and importantly to enjoy their education.

Adam has taught a range of subjects during his career, including maths, computing, psychology, religious studies, citizenship and personal and social Education.

Most recently Adam has worked as acting headteacher at the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, where he was also deputy headteacher. Before that, he worked as assistant headteacher at Beaminster School and before that as National Strategy Consultant for Dorset County Council.

He lives in Bridport with his wife Kate and two children.