EDGEBOROUGH School bade farewell to former headmaster Chris Davies in July and has just welcomed Dan Thornburn to take over the reins.

Appointed last December, Mr Thornburn and his family have relocated to Frensham from Bude in Cornwall, where he was headmaster for three years at St Petroc’s School. Before that, he taught at Chafyn Grove School in Salisbury, where he rose to become deputy head.

Swapping the scenic coastline for rolling countryside is quite a jump, but he is relishing the opportunity.

“We are so excited to be here and the welcome we’ve received has been fantastic,” Mr Thornburn said.

“Edgeborough is a wonderful school and I’m hugely privileged to be leading it on the next stage of its journey.

“No head could fail to be inspired by the beautiful setting, incredible facilities and the committed and talented staff room.

“Without a doubt, though, it is the children here who have made the most powerful impact on me during the first few weeks.

“They are full of energy and a love for learning that is truly inspiring.

“There is a genuine warmth and happiness to the place which is contagious. I’m so excited by what the future holds here.”

A passionate sportsman, Mr Thornburn has represented Middlesex in the rugby county championship and he also played for Exeter Chiefs 2nd XV while at university.