THE new headteacher at Bridgwater's Chilton Trinity School has been meeting students, staff and parents after taking over the reins from Lesley Greenway.

Father-of-two James Lamb took over the role at the start of the new term, having left his position of deputy headteacher at Castle School in Taunton to take over the role.

The 940-pupil school, based in a state-of-the-art £23 million building, has won praise for its work and James says he has ambitious plans to help it become one of the best regarded schools in the region.

He said: “I’m so excited to start at Chilton Trinity and looking forward to getting to know everyone.

“These are really exciting times. Already I see what a wonderful community school this is.

"Brilliant relationships between students, staff, parents and the whole community make for a brilliant school.”

The school is now inviting in parents to visit the school.

Its Open Evening is on Tuesday, September 18 with tours throughout the evening and talks by James at 6pm and 7.30pm.

There will also be open mornings on Thursday, September 20, Monday September 24 and Friday, September 28 from 9.15am to 11am.

Chilton Trinity was one of the school's in Bridgwater celebrating a successful set of GCSE results at the end of August.

The school recorded significant improvements in English and maths, while also seeing strong performances in art, music, sport, geography, history, Spanish and graphics.

Outgoing headteacher, Lesley Greenway said she would like to thank staff, students and parents/carers for the huge support given.

“We are all confident that each and every one of these students now has the academic outcomes, personal skills and qualities necessary to be successful in the next exciting phase of their lives,” she said.

A spokesman for Chilton Trinity School said: "The school will ensure that convenient dates can be arranged for anyone who is unable to attend the open mornings or evenings.

"They should call the reception manager on 01278 425522 for an individual tour."