THE new year has brought a new face to a new Chester school.

Pupils and staff at Chester Blue Coat CE Primary School have welcomed a new headteacher.

Mr Vince O’Brien, formerly headteacher at Tarporley CE Primary School, has taken over from acting heads Moira McCallum and Amanda Ellis-Rushton, following the amalgamation of St Thomas of Canterbury CE Junior School and Victoria Infant School last year September.

Work on the new school building is expected to start next month and in a letter to parents Mr O’Brien said: “I've had a lovely welcome here, from the children, staff and families. I’m delighted to join the school at such an exciting time, with so much to look forward to.”