BOURNEMOUTH School for Girls has announced its current deputy headteacher will be promoted to lead the school for the next academic year.

As reported, incumbent head Alistair Brien is stepping down from his post in the summer after 18 years at the helm. He will be replaced by current deputy David Sims.

Originally from Bristol, father-of-two Mr Sims has previously taught at schools in London and others in Dorset. He moved to the county more than 20 years ago in order to teach and to be closer to the coast due to his passion for sailing and windsurfing.

Mr Sims said: “I am absolutely delighted to succeed Alistair, and to be given the opportunity to build upon the superb legacy he has achieved during his headship.

“BSG is a wonderful school and I am incredibly proud of our staff and pupils. We have an illustrious past and are equally excited for our future. I very much look forward to leading the school and continuing to serve the local community.”

Mr Sims will become head after Alistair’s retirement in August.