New church Director of Education appointed

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Mr Chris Penn has been appointed as the new Director of Education for the Diocese of Chester. Chris is currently the Headteacher at Heswall St Peter CE Primary. He will lead an Education Department which supports the 116 Church of England Schools across the Diocese of Chester.

Chris has been Headteacher of Heswall for 10 years. Before that he has held various teaching and advisory posts on the Wirral.

Chris said; “I am both thrilled and excited to have been offered the opportunity to become the Diocesan Director of Education – this is such an important and pivotal time in education.  There is so much to celebrate within our church schools right across the diocese, and I look forward to working with the Education team in getting out to schools to encourage, share and grow the great work that is taking place.  As together, we aim to embrace and deliver the Church of England’s vision for education, one that is deeply rooted in the Christian faith and enables all of our children to experience ‘life in all its fullness.’

Bishop Libby Lane, who leads the Diocesan Board of Education - the education authority for the Diocese, said; “We are delighted that Chris will be joining the Diocese as our new Director of Education. He comes to us with a proven track record in education as head of a Church of England Primary school in the Diocese. He has been appointed with a passion to inspire, engage and encourage our schools. He brings a deep faith and professional expertise to the post. We are delighted that he is joining the team at this crucial time, and I look forward to working closely with him to enable our schools to continue as transformative Christian communities academically and missionally.”

Chris will take up his new role in the Autumn of 2017.