Solihull School has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of five new heads of departments who will join in September.

Tim Kermode is moving from Alleyn's School, in south London, to become the new director of music.

He is an accomplished choral singer and director and orchestral conductor and will succeed Stephen Perrins who has been made director of music emeritus.

Paul Morgan will lead the modern languages department and will succeed Merilyn Barrett who is retiring after 35 years of service at the school.

He joined the school as a teacher of modern foreign languages in 2006 and will oversee one of its largest departments.

Donna Trim will succeed John Nickson as head of art following his retirement after 33 years of service.

She joined independent Solihull School as a teacher of art and photography in 2007.

Eleanor Hurst, who joined Solihull School in 2002 to support individual pupils, is to be the new director of learning support and has previously worked as a curator at the British Museum in London before gaining a specialist dyslexia teaching qualification.

Making up the quintet of new appointments is Rachel Hadley-Leonard as marketing manager to focus on brand development, digital marketing and pupil recruitment.

Headmaster David Lloyd said: "I am delighted to have been able to make such high-calibre appointments as the school looks forward to an outstanding future with some of the finest staff and facilities in the Midlands, including a new state-of-the-art sixth form centre opening in September 2015."

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