AMONG the new starters at a school in Taunton today (Thursday, September 9) was - the headmaster.

Julian Noad has taken over at Queen's College, where students start a new school year today.

Mr Noad replaces Dr Lorraine Earps, who has moved to a headship in Cheshire after five years in charge of the Trull Road independent school.

He joins Queen's from Oswestry School, Shropshire, where he was head for seven years.

Prior to Oswestry, Mr Noad was deputy head of Rydal Penrhos – like Queen’s, a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST).

He also spent 12 years at Clifton College, including six as a housemaster.

Mr Noad is married with two children who are both at university.

He said he was “honoured, excited, and delighted" to be the new head at Queen's.

He added: “I very much look forward to getting to know everyone and working with pupils, staff, parents and governors to embed a vision for inspirational education, rich experience and individual care.”

Queen's has welcomed more than 20 other new members of staff this week including heads of physics, rugby, food and nutrition and strength and conditioning.

Another major change has seen the Junior School re-named as Queen's College Prep School.