Sorry for not replying sooner, I had to check that it was public knowledge.
The new head at SHSB is Robin Bevan, currently senior Deputy at KEGS. A huge loss to KEGS is a great gain to Southend. He is a mathematician (able to argue authoritatively with outside bodies about value-added data), although seems to have knowledge of most subjects (speaks French and German, plays a musical instrument etc). Perhaps his main hobby is cycling, and he has encouraged some very fine cyclists at KEGS (including a future olympic champion, I'm sure).
Some of us staff (and students) think of him as like one of the 'Incredibles' - a superhero who makes very occasional mistakes to try to convince us all that he is human. He is compassionate and kind, and at the same time is probably the one member of staff naughty boys are genuinely afraid of.
I believe he is finishing a PhD at Cambridge at the moment, although he has a strong suspicion of flowery, meaningless language (examples of which he regularly passes me).
If he sounds to good to be true, well just wait and see. Here is what the students think:
http://www.ratemyteachers.co.uk/schools ... bin__bevan