A Cambridge University graduate will start a new role as head teacher at a Barnet academy in September.

The Totteridge Academy in Barnet Lane, will merge with United Learning, a national group with independent schools and academies across the country.

Chris Fairbairn is currently the vice principal at the Ark Academy in Wembley, where he is responsible for teaching and learning and is director of its sixth form.

Mr Fairbairn said he is “delighted” to join the academy.

He said: “I am committed to ensuring that all students at the academy have an exceptional education, allowing them to fulfil their aspirations in life.

“This will be achieved through high expectations, excellent teaching and a strong culture and ethos. All parents are deeply ambitious for their children and I am unswerving in my commitment to match these ambitions at The Totteridge Academy.”

Mr Fairbairn and his team will work closely with Dame Sally Coates, the director of United Learning’s southern academies.

Walthamstow Academy Principal Emma Skae has also been appointed as executive principal of The Totteridge Academy.