College Principal appointed as Diocesan Director of Education

The Principal of a Secondary School in Omagh, Northern Ireland, has been appointed as the new Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

Nigel Frith, who has led Drumragh Integrated College since 2005, has previously been the Vice Principal of a technology college and an assistant secondary school head in a career that started in 1985 when he first became an English teacher.

“I am delighted to begin a role that will combine my professional expertise, my values and my beliefs,” he said.

“One of the Christian principles that continually shapes my leadership in education is the pursuit of excellence, which includes the importance of building strong relationships. This is something that I have seen in action within the integrated cultural framework of Drumragh College. It’s also why I have long been inspired by Martin Luther King: ‘Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’ Using these guiding values, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the fulfilment of the Diocesan vision with and for its children, young people, schools/academies, higher education providers and clergy.”

Nigel is married to Anne, who he met while a fresher at university, and they have two grown-up children, Benjamin and Jessica, along with a black Labrador called Jack. To relax, Nigel “enjoys really good coffee, Snoopy cartoons and great scenery with a camera in my hand”.

Bishop Paul said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to appoint such a highly experienced and gifted leader in education at a time of significant opportunity for the diocese working across our 73 Church of England Schools. Along with excellent colleagues within the Department of Education, Nigel will join an outstanding wider diocesan team of head teachers, staff, governors and clergy. Together we count it a privilege to support the education of over 20,000 precious students across the county and city of Nottingham.”

Nigel is presently a member of the Enniskillen Elim Church, where he has previously served as an elder.

Prior to his role at Drumragh, Nigel was Vice-Principal with specific responsibility for learning and teaching at The Robert Manning Technology College, Bourne, Lincolnshire; Assistant Headteacher at Prince William School, Oundle, Northamptonshire; Head of English at Huxlow School, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire; an English teacher at Jack Hunt School, Peterborough.

He left the University of Ulster with a BA Honours English with Education, and later studied part-time for an MA in Education Studies at the University of Loughborough.