On the move
David Kershaw, who became a CBE last year, is to become chief executive of Fullhurst College in Braunstone, Leicester, for two days a week. Earlier this year, he was appointed by Leicester City Council to review growing problems with behaviour, attainment and staff morale at the college. At the same time, Roland Absalom joined the school. From September, Mr Absalom will become the new headteacher.
Karen Castrey is to become headteacher at Sandon High School in Stoke-on-Trent. She is associate headteacher at Cheadle High School in Staffordshire who started her career as an English teacher and became head of department at Maryhill Arts Media College in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. She was then appointed county English and drama adviser, before becoming a deputy head at Westwood College in Leek, also in Staffordshire. She will take up her new post in September.
Sylvia Thomas is to become the new headteacher at Granville Community School in Woodville, south Derbyshire, in September. She is currently deputy head at Wolgarston High School in Penkridge, Stafford. Barrie Scott will leave in the summer after four years as head of Granville to become head of Cannock Chase High School in Staffordshire.
Stuart Reeves is returning to his native Kent to become head of Mascalls School in Paddock Wood. He joined Cockermouth School in Cumbria in 2005 as deputy head and became head last year after the previous head took long-term sick leave. In 2002, he was a regional winner of the TES BP Award for Science while teaching at Heathfield Community College in East Sussex. He will start his new job in January.
Richard Alston is the new chair of Youth Dance England, which champions and promotes dance for children and young people nationally. Mr Alston formed Strider, the UK's first independent dance company, in 1972. In 2001, he was appointed CBE.
Mr Alston replaces Jeremy Newton, the chair since 2005, who has become chief executive of the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Glyn Ottery is retiring at the end of this term after 18 years as headteacher at Stanchester Community School, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset. He started his career as a PE teacher at Clacton Boys Secondary School in Essex. He then moved to Litcham High School in Norfolk where he was head of PE, head of lower school and deputy head, before being appointed deputy head at Longsands Community College in Cambridgeshire.
Mr Ottery has played a full role in the development of secondary education in Somerset and has twice been chair of Somerset Association of Secondary Headteachers.
His successor will be Judy McBlain, who is headteacher of Carter Community School in Poole, Dorset.
She spends her days hanging out with disaffected, challenging youth, attempting to engage them in conversation. And, when she is not in the 'Big Brother' house, 28-year-old Beinazir works as a study-support assistant with teenagers at risk.
But, despite her suitability for the task, Beinazir was evicted from the Channel 4 reality show after less than a week, after failing to qualify for "official housemate" status.