Eggar's School in Holybourne has appointed Sarah Holman to take over as headteacher in September.

Mrs Holman, currently vice-principal at The Petersfield School, will succeed Patrick Sullivan, who is retiring after ten years as head and 18 years at Eggar’s.

Addressing next year’s Year 7 pupils and their parents at their induction evening, she said: “On your last school day in 2028, I want you to be able to look back over your five years and know exactly why Eggar’s was the right school for you.

“A school you could be proud of; a school where you were able to focus on your learning in a calm, purposeful environment; a school with excellent, kind teachers who helped and supported you.

“A school where you could try new things, be yourself, take risks, be creative, ask questions, have fun; a school where you could become the very best version of yourself – happy, safe, successful; a school where you felt you belonged.”

Speaking later, she added: “I am looking forward to starting as headteacher at Eggar’s in September and would like to thank the staff and students for such a warm welcome.

“I would also like to thank Patrick for his support during this transition period, and I wish him every happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”

Linda Campbell, who will be chair of trustees from September, led the recruitment process for Mr Sullivan’s successor. She said: “Patrick has been a superb headteacher, an inspiration and a great role model. I am confident, however, that the trustees have appointed the very best next headteacher for our school.

“We had an impressive field of applicants, but Sarah was, without doubt, the candidate whom the trustees believe will lead Eggar’s School on to further great successes. She fits so well with our values and aspirations, something that has already shone through since her appointment. The school will be in very capable hands.”