LINDA Powell has been appointed principal of Eastlea community school in the east London borough of Newham, the only secondary school in the Newham education action zone. Ms Powell, currently assistant director of education in the north London borough of Enfield, was formerly head of Hornsey school in neighbouring Haringey.
Eastlea, a mixed 11-18 comprehensive with 1,050 pupils, was put on special measures after failing an inspection a year ago. Newham plans radical changes for the school, which include setting up a young people's college on site for 14 to 16-year-olds where they will be treated like young adults, improvements to buildings and facilities, and an application to become a technology college. The current acting head, Michael Wilshaw, will return to his own school, nearby St Bonaventure's, at the end of the summer term.
Dorma Urwin, principal of University College, Worcester, has been elected as the next chairman of the Standing Conference of Principals, the body representing the higher education colleges. She will be the first woman to chair a higher education representative body and will serve for two years starting from November.
Eric Anderson, rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, and chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund, is returning to Eton as Provost (resident chairman of governors).
Dr Anderson, who taught Tony Blair at Fettes College, Edinburgh, later had a successful career as a head at Abingdon school, then Shrewsbury and - from 1980 to 1994 - at Eton. He and his wife Poppy will be leaving Oxford in 2000 to move into the Provost's lodgings.