Children returned to school after the summer holidays to find they had a new deputy head and new outdoor equipment to explore.
Brendan Saxton took on the deputy role at Rumboldswhyke Church of England Infants’ School, in Rumbolds Close, Chichester, after seven years as an Early Years teacher.
Headteacher Fiona Sayce described him as “hugely popular ” with the children and, with men making up just 12 per cent of the primary school workforce, acknowledged how lucky Rumboldswhyke was to have him.
She added: “Having a male teacher is such a huge asset to our school.
“Mr Saxton is a wonderful role model for our children and now that he is deputy head this positive impact can only grow.”
As they got used to Mr Saxton in his new role, the children were also able to explore a new outdoor activity trail.
A school spokesman said: “Children at the school are actively encouraged to make use of the imaginative outdoor space on offer and the new trail provides even more opportunities for the children to challenge themselves.
“The whole school has been enjoying the many features of the trail with even the youngest children from the new cohort of Early Years’ getting to grips with everything it has to offer.”