TERRA Nova School has announced the appointment of a new headmaster.

Mark Mitchell, the current acting headmaster and former deputy headmaster, succeeds Andrew Lewin, who left to take a sabbatical earlier this year.

Mark’s wife Elanor is a Year 3 teacher at the school, and their two children Oliver, 10, and Iris, 6, are also pupils of the Jodrell Bank school. Elanor will be increasing her hours at the school to support Mark whilst continuing with her teaching role.

On his appointment, Mark said: “I am absolutely delighted and very much look forward to leading the school forwards. I will shortly be announcing many exciting developments, which will strengthen the structure and management of the school.

“My team and I have the focus, drive and determination to make Terra Nova School the most sought-after prep school in Cheshire.”

Mark began his career as a science teacher at Ardingly College, later moving to King’s House School. He was then appointed as head of science at Feltonfleet School before joining Terra Nova School in 2008 as head of science, then deputy head.

Chairman of Governors Martin Hallam congratulated Mark on his new role.

“The decision to appoint Mark as Headmaster was absolutely unanimous. Mark has vast experience and superb qualities that have led to us making this decision,” he added.

“I know from numerous comments from staff and parents, and their support and trust in Mark, that this will be a popular decision.

“On behalf of the governors I would like to offer our sincere congratulations to him and Elanor, and our gratitude to Mark for keeping the school in good shape during his role as acting headmaster.”