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EDUCATION: New appointments

Lichfield dioceseLICHFIELD diocese, which has 208 church schools, has appointed the formesecretary of the Dearing commission on Church of England schools and collegeas its new Director of Education. He is Colin Hopkins, who succeeds the RevPeter Lister in September.Mr Hopkins was educated at Crewe Grammar School and Birmingham and CambridgUniversities. He taught in Berkshire and Lincolnshire before working iadministration, first with the Church Commissioners, and later with thArchbishops Council.After the publication of the Dearing report, The Way Ahead, in 2001, he waappointed National Schools Development Officer. In 2003, he took up a seniopost with Southwark Board of Education. He chairs the governors of aadult-education college, and is a governor of two inner-city primary schoolsHe says: "I am strongly committed to the view that Church of England schoolshould be both distinctively Christian and inclusive institutions, servintheir local com-munities. I am delighted that current government policy is ssupportive of church schools, already valued by parents."Salisbury dioceseTHE new Director of Education for Salisbury diocese is to be Chris Shepperdcurrently head of the Gryphon School, a Church of England voluntary controlleschool that serves Sherborne and north Dorset. Mr Shepperd, who describehimself as "a champion of Christian learning", will have oversight of more tha200 Church of England schools throughout the diocese. He will take up his nepost in September, succeeding Simon Tong.Bloxham ProjectTHE Bloxham Project, which works mainly in independent schools, promotinchaplaincy, religious education, and spiritual values in leadership anpastoral care, is to have a new Director: the Revd John Caperon, until recentlhead of Bennett Memorial School, Tunbridge Wells.Mr Caperon was formerly deputy head of St Aidans School, Harrogate, and ithe first maintained-school head to direct the Bloxham Project. For ten of hi12 years at Bennett Memorial, Mr Caperon, who has spent his entire career ithe maintained sector, has been both head teacher and chaplain, and has writtewidely on ethics and values in schools. He holds degrees from Bristol, OxfordKent, and the Open Universities. He was ordained priest in 1984, and is alscurrently honorary assistant curate of Mayfield in Sussex.The Bloxham Project has a membership of 120 independent schools. A furtheten maintained schools, most of them Anglican aided schools, are associatmembers. "We hope to extend our membership in the maintained sector," MCaperon says. 

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