Chris Hassell

Chris was appointed to the headship of Reepham High School in Norfolk in September 1996. He came from Devon where he was Vice Principal of South Dartmoor Community College which during the seven years he was there grew from being a small 11-16 school into a large and highly successful 11-18 community college. He was appointed by the governors of Reepham to help it make a similar journey. By the time of his retirement in 2011 it had done precisely that. Reepham High School and College, which is also at the hub of a thriving Learning Community that serves the local area, commands a fine reputation as one of Norfolk’s happiest and most successful educational establishments. During the period of Chris’s headship it commanded three consecutive outstanding OFSTED reports. It won a sixth form on the basis of attainment and the six million pounds that it cost to build the college was secured from central government funding.  It held three Specialisms, was designated as a Regional Centre of Innovation and Leadership by the SSAT, and for twelve years has held the International School Award. It has partner schools across the globe and also works as a member of an established Norfolk secondary school collaboration, the Rural Norfolk Federation.

Whilst he was a head, Chris also practised as an OFSTED team inspector and a School Improvement partner.  In his final year of headship he was honoured with a Pearson Teaching Award for his Lifelong Contribution to Education. Although flattered by the recognition of the Pearson Award, Chris firmly attributes the success of South Dartmoor and Reepham to teamwork, to schools and communities being outward looking and working together to achieve and maintain a shared vision.

He is excited by the concept of Transforming Education in Norfolk, impressed by all that he has seen and what he describes as the limitless potential TEN seeks to develop. For these reasons he feels privileged to have been invited to play a part in helping TEN to achieve its goal of raising educational standards and improving the life chances of young people across our county.