A private school has announced its new head teacher.

Lisa McDonald will move across the pond, from her current role as deputy head teacher at a school in New York to Edge Grove in Aldenham.

She will join in September 2020, taking over from Ben Evans.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms McDonald, who has a law degree at the University of Aberdeen, said: "I’m really excited to be joining Edge Grove next year and to lead the school in its continued pursuit of excellence. I’ve been genuinely inspired and enthused by the school’s traditional values and its warm and nurturing learning environment.

"From the moment you step into the beautiful building, you can see first-hand that children really do flourish here."

Glasgow-born McDonald currently works at the British International School which teaches pupils aged three to 13, with many students going on to top schools in the Big Apple or boarding schools back in the UK.

Ian Elliott, chairman of governors at Edge Grove said: "We feel very confident that Lisa’s experience in the intensely competitive environment of Manhattan has prepared her well for the exciting demands of life here. Lisa will also be working closely with Ben Evans between now and September to ensure a smooth transition."

Current head teacher Ben Evans, added: "Being Headmaster at Edge Grove has been a real honour and I’m very proud of our pupils and of what we have achieved as a school over the years.

"I know that the children will continue to flourish under the direction of Lisa and I wish her and the whole school community every success for the future."