Chris Fenwick has become head of Collingwood School in Sutton, 40 years after leaving there as a pupil. Aged 15, he joined the Royal Navy as a chef before returning to the UK in his mid-20s. At university, Mr Fenwick obtained a BA and MA in history. He became head of history and deputy head of a girls boarding school in the Isle of Wight before running his own educational consultancy. He was head of Hurworth House School in Darlington, Country Durham.
Judy McBlaine has become head of Stanchester Community School in Somerset, where she will also be teaching Year 11 maths. She started as a science teacher at Guilsborough School before moving to Trinity School, both in Northampton. At Wootton Upper School in Bedfordshire she became head of science. She was then deputy head of Parkstone Grammar School, Poole, before joining Carter Community School as head for six years.
Mark Lewis has become deputy head of Marshland High School in Wisbech at the age of just 27. He moved to the school last year as assistant head, having completed four years on the Fast Track Teaching programme at The Highfield School in Hertfordshire. Mr Lewis read history at Keble College, Oxford, and continued with a PGCE at Cambridge University. He won the 2007 TDA award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in the East of England.
Dr Graeme Maw has been appointed director of sport at Millfield School in Somerset, starting in November. The former sports scientist was part of the team behind the World Championship success of the British triathletes. He gained a degree in sports science and management at Loughborough and Central Washington universities before completing a doctorate in exercise and environmental physiology at the University of Wollogong, Australia. He was formerly the elite performance director of the Welsh Rugby Union. Last year, he started the UK's first centre for coaching excellence in disability sports at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Fiona Sullivan and Gaynor Fitzgerald are vice-principals of Manchester Health Academy in Brooklands, which opened last week. Mrs Sullivan is responsible for learning and development. She trained as a nurse before retraining and becoming a teacher of sociology and psychology at Eccles Sixth Form College in Salford and then curriculum lead manager. She was 14-19 coordinator for five secondary schools in North Rochdale and assistant head at Falinge Park High School, Rochdale. Ms Fitzgerald will be responsible for specialism and the extended academy. She began her teaching career in Wiltshire. As a consultant, she implemented the Government's literacy strategy in schools across Salford. She was the director of two Wythenshaw Education Action Zones, and a senior consultant providing educational support in the academies programme.
Mr Roper, head of Bewdley Primary School in Worcestershire, began the school term on choppy waters. He chose to kayak along the River Severn to mark the first day of the opening of the new school site next to the river.
"It was an exciting paddle," he said. "It took about an hour and there were small rapids along the way, which was exhilarating."
Mr Roper chose to use the eco-friendly mode of travelling in a bid to get the children more active. Surely that would be one for health and safety?