The Marches Academy Trust has a new deputy CEO following the appointment of David O'Toole.

Mr O'Toole will take up his new responsibility alongside his current role as headteacher of Sir John Talbot's school in Whitchurch.

After working as headteacher of Sir John Talbot's for the last five years, Mr O'Toole says he is looking forward to taking on his new role.

“I am excited to be taking on this additional responsibility to help shape the trust as we grow," said Mr O'Toole.

"My focus will remain as headteacher of Sir John Talbot’s School and ensuring it remains a leading school in Shropshire."

Sarah Longville, current CEO of the Marches Academy Trust, added: ‘‘The appointment of Mr O’Toole as deputy CEO marks the next stage in the development of the Marches Academy Trust. "Working together, we will ensure that an excellent education for the children of Shropshire remains our number one priority.

"Mr O’Toole and I are committed to empowering headteachers and their communities to be the best they can be and to provide the best learning opportunities for the young people in our trust’’.