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New Diocesan Director of Education announced

Date: 29 June 2017

Alex Tear - DDEAlex Tear has been announced as The Diocese of Guildford’s new Director of Education. He is currently Diocesan Director of Education in Rochester Diocese and leads the Education Team there.

Before joining Rochester’s Diocesan Board of Education, Alex (pictured) was head teacher at Esher CofE Primary School in Surrey and also worked as a School's Adviser for Surrey County Council’s School Improvement Service.

The Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Jo Wells said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce this outcome to our recent appointment process. Alex is already an experienced Diocesan Director of Education and I’m thrilled to think God has called him to serve in the Diocese of Guildford.

“I believe his gifts in strategic leadership as well as in enabling the leadership of others – to the end that our 85 schools may flourish for the sake of the 22,000 children they serve – will be put to good use and bear much fruit.

“Together we seek to improve the standards and develop the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools, wholeheartedly embracing our contribution to education across the diocese.”

Following his appointment, Alex said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Diocesan Director of Education for ​The Diocese of Guildford and I look forward to working closely with Bishop Jo and the Diocesan Board of Education on building on the strong relationships which already exist between the diocese and its Church schools and academies.

“As a former Church school head teacher in ​The Diocese of Guildford, it is a great privilege to be able to return to the diocese and work together with school leaders, governors and clergy to offer the very best education and life-enhancing experiences for the children and young people in our care.”

Alex is a resident of Guildford and a keen skier and Parkrunner. He worships locally at All Saints Church, Onslow Village, where he is a member of the PCC. Alex is expected to start in his new role as Guildford’s Diocesan Director of Education at the end of August (subject to DBS clearance).

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