YEAR 7 pupils are not the only new faces at The Hammond School this term.
Maggie Evans has joined the Hoole Bank establishment as head of school following the retirement of Polly Dangerfield in July.
Mum-of-four Maggie moves to the performing arts school from Elmhurst School in Birmingham where she was director of studies for four years.
A lover of amateur dramatics, Maggie is keen to see the development of the school’s new sixth form drama course. She hopes that the course will eventually lead to a BTEC qualification.
“It’s an exciting time to join the school with its new performing arts centre and new sixth form provision,” she said.
With the arrival of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson in the sixth form next autumn, Maggie has a very balanced view of TV talent shows.
“Exposure to talent and live performance can only be good and the spotting of raw talent has always gone on.
“The conflict however is that it can be made to look easy which belies the awful amount of hard work that students put in to achieve the skills they require to survive in this business.”
Other students regularly perform in high profile shows including in London’s West End. Year 9 pupil Jordan Li-Smith is currently in rehearsals for the role of Charlie Bates in Cameron Mackintosh’s up coming production of Oliver! He competed in the BBC Saturday night talent show I’d Do Anything to find the role of Nancy and Oliver.