SCHOOL governors say they feel fortunate that the “right candidate” was under their noses.
About 20 people expressed an interest in the job, which was advertised nationally, but governors took the decision to only interview Andrew Jordon.
Paul Gould, chair of governors at the school, said: “It had nothing to do with him being his son.
“It was about the right candidate for the right role, and it was very fortunate that we had him under our noses.”
He added: “We decided to interview one person and after the interview it was clear he was the perfect candidate for the role.”
Mr Gould added that the pupils, staff and governors were fully behind the decision and were looking forward to an “exciting” future under Andrew’s leadership.
Speaking about the departing school head, Mr Gould said Bill Jordon’s contribution to the school has been “immense” over the years.
He added: “His reputation stands before him.
“When I first found out he was leaving my reaction was one of shock and horror.
“But he has built up a great ethos at the school and a tremendous team of staff, and he was always going to leave the school in a strong position.”