I am currently part of the SMT at a East London Secondary School. I have been an Assistant Head for two years and have been a Head of Faculty (Maths) for six years before this. In September a new Headteacher began. He has brought the school from Special Measures to Satisfactory and has now restructured SMT. In this restructure, he has re-employed three of the four Assistant Heads and one of the current Deputy Heads is remaining. The other is retiring. After open interviews, he failed to shortlist any internal applicants and has opted for a 29 year old as his Deputy Head. This man has never been an Assistant Head and has only previously been a Head of Dept (Humanities) for two years. How on earth can somebody with such little experience have the required skill set for this role? How can the board of governors have managed to be so blinded. This new Deputy who does seem intelligent and has enormous amounts of presence already (and ideas), has only been teaching for 6 years having worked in recruitment previously... is this the youngest most inexperienced Deputy in the land? Frustrated.