SUE CAMPION has been appointed the first teacher-induction officer by the Independent Schools Council. She will oversee, in the 1,300 member schools, the Government's new system of induction for newly-qualified teachers, which began on September 1. A modern linguist, Mrs Campion was head of maintained grammar school Woodford county high from 1986-91 and of an independent girls' school - St Felix, Southwold - from 1991-97. She will be responsible to the council's teacher-induction panel, which will decide if new teachers have satisfactorily completed their induction period.
Richard White, pictured, founder and head of the country's youngest choir school, has become
chairman of the Choir Schools' Association. He succeeded Christopher Brown, head of Norwich School, on September 1.
Mr White, a former chorister of King's College, Cambridge, who previously taught at the Pilgrims' School, Winchester, and Truro Cathedral School, founded Polwhele House School in Truro with his wife Rosemary in 1976. After the closure of Truro Cathedral School in 1982, it became the choir school for Truro Cathedral. The 3-13 co-ed prep school has 160 pupils.
Brian Lightman has become headteacher of St Cyres, the foundation school in Penarth, following the retirement of Brian Rowlands after 14 years. Mr Lightman has been head of Llantwit Major School, also in the Vale of Glamorgan, since 1995.
Ian Lucas, currently head of Broomfield, a foundation school in Enfield, North London, has been appointed by Hertfordshire County Council to merge Borehamwood's three middle schools and two senior schools into one 11-19 secondary school with more than 2000 pupils. He will take up his new headship in January.
Elizabeth Cairncross is to be the head of Wells Cathedral School when John Baxter, retires next summer. Mrs Cairncross is currently deputy head of Christ's Hospital School in Horsham. Wells Cathedral School is one of four specialist schools designated by the Government to teach gifted young musicians.
The former director of education for Tameside Metropolitan Council, Anthony Webster, has been appointed to lead Leicester city's education department until a permanent appointment can be made.