St Bees School has announced a new headteacher – its third in less than a year.

Roger Sinnett will take over from Gareth Seddon, who has led the school through its opening phase and first Ofsted inspection.

St Bees School reopened its doors in September, three years after its shock closure devastated staff and pupils.

Mr Seddon replaced original headteacher Jeremy Hallows, who left three months before the school was due to reopen.

Now Mr Sinnett, described as “an experienced international educationalist”, will take over the reins on Monday. Mr Seddon will continue to manage “the academic dimension” of the school.

Mr Sinnett started his educational career in independent UK schools, before becoming headteacher of the British International School Berlin.

After six years in Germany, he spent 10 years in Shanghai as a principal and director of education, setting up and running schools, kindergartens and training schools.

In 2016, he became director of education for Full Circle Education and pioneered the group’s fusion curriculum.

Mr Sinnett was a key member of the team that re-established education at St Bees School, and was a director of the board until September 2018.

A school spokesman said: “Full Circle Education Group and the Trust are proud to have achieved their primary combined objective of opening the school. Full Circle is excited by the progress of the school and remains committed to supporting it through positive management and financial investment.

“St Bees School will continue to grow, and the team is most appreciative of the strong support that is evident from so many people within community and business. We move forwards with confidence.”

An open day will take place on Saturday, March 30. It will be a chance to understand and find out more about the future growth of St Bees School and the benefits of the school’s unique educational provision going forward.