CHRIST’S Hospital in Horsham has appointed a new headteacher.

Simon Reid – currently principal of Gordonstoun School – will succeed John Franklin next month.

Mr Reid has taught in a number of prestigious schools including Brentwood, Stowe and Christ’s Hospital .

He spent seven years as deputy head at Worksop College before taking up his present position at Gordonstoun in 2011.

Mr Reid said: “The bond with Christ’s Hospital and its values, which I formed during my first period at the school, has drawn me back once again, this time with the honour to serve as headmaster.

“In my immediate predecessor John Franklin, I have a tough act to follow.

“John’s tenure saw the school make considerable advances, with major improvements on the campus, an enhanced strategic and financial footing and greater connectedness to the wider community, nationally and worldwide.

“Most of all, he kept the school true to its original mission to create opportunity for those in need.

“I am looking forward to meeting the challenges ahead with commitment and dedication.”

He has a BA in English and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Education.

His wife Michèle teaches French and they have two adult children. His interests include architectural and landscape photography.