Oakhurst First School is planting the seeds for a successful future with the appointment of a new headteacher. Staff and children at the West Moors’ school have given a warm welcome to their new head, Ann Clark. Ann joined the school, which is part of the Heath Academy Trust (HAT), at the start of term. She said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be headteacher at this very special school. “I’m very excited about working with the great team from Oakhurst and also across Heath Academy Trust. “Together we will continue to provide our children with a safe, happy, strong start to their education.” Ann, who joins Oakhurst from Verwood First where she was deputy head, has a strong vision for the school. “Strong team work, commitment and consistency will enable all of our children to develop a love for learning,” she added. “I have high ambitions that every child should reach their full potential.” Oakhurst First School provides education to children from Nursery to Year 4. It is one of six first and primary schools in east Dorset that make up the Heath Academy Trust, alongside Three Legged Cross First School, Sixpenny Handley First School, St James First School in Alderholt, St Mary’s First in West Moors and St Ives Primary. Trust CEO, Justine Horn, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ann to the HAT family and know she will lead Oakhurst to a very successful future. “Ann’s passion for education and learning fits in very much with our ethos and ambition for all our children. “We look forward to supporting Ann and all the staff and children at Oakhurst as they begin this new journey together.” Note to editors: For more information please contact Rachel Read, account director at Deep South Media, on 01202 534487.