TWO village schools are looking ahead to a bright future as they work together as a 'through-school'.

Dean Williams, who has been the head teacher of Weobley High School for the past eight years, will assume the role of Executive Headteacher across both the high school and the primary school from September.

Plans are already well underway with the recent appointment of a new head of primary school, Mr Stephen Warrell, who is currently the assistant principal of a large primary school in Bristol but will take the reins at Weobley Primary in the new academic year.

Mr Williams said: "I am delighted to have appointed somebody of Mr Warrell’s calibre to the role – he too is committed to the vision of a high-quality and sustainable education for this area.

"This will create some fantastic opportunities for the schools to provide a truly innovative and exciting education for our children."

As well as sharing specialist staff and facilities, there are plans for a single governing body and to look for opportunities to share resources so that both schools make the most efficient use of their budgets.

The current head teacher of the primary school, Caroline Elsey, leaves for a post in Northumberland after a successful seven years which most recently saw the school winning a coveted Pupil Premium Award for the progress made by its pupils.

"Both schools have excellent reputations and are incredibly forward-thinking," added Mr Williams.

"I can already see so much potential in this model and this will benefit children from nursery age to GCSE. It just makes sense."