ALISON Timmings has been welcomed as the new head teacher of Burton Primary School in Christchurch.

She took up the post at the beginning of term and will be formally welcomed with a service at St Luke's church in the village on Sunday October 22.

Alison said she has been delighted by the warm and friendly welcome she has received from children, staff and parents and has pledged to ensure the school plays a key role at the centre of the community.

"This is an amazing school with a Christian ethos that is not only felt but seen as soon as you step through the doors" she said.

"The teachers know the children well and they really are at the heart of everything that happens here. I have high expectations for our children and want them all to be given the opportunity to achieve excellent levels of progress and attainment and most importantly grow into well rounded individuals with a love of learning."

She has urged prospective parents to visit the school to see it for themselves.