A TEACHER who once coached England's Frank Lampard is taking the helm at a school in Tadworth from September.
David Williams will take over from Ian Thorpe as head at independent Chinthurst School in Tadworth Street.
Chairman of governors Andrew Bisset said: "I am delighted that Mr Williams has accepted our invitation to become the new headmaster.
"Although it was a very strong field, his experience and personality made him the outstanding candidate. I believe he is perfectly equipped to make a great success of the post and will continue to lead the school forward whilst still maintaining its traditional values and family ethos."
Mr Williams, who is taking on his third headship, and whose claim to fame is that he coached Frank Lampard in his under-ten football team, said he was "delighted and honoured" with the role.
"It is an exceptional school and the continued nurture of each and every child in accordance with their individual need will remain central to the ethos and philosophy of the school under my headship," he added.
Mr Thorpe has been at the school, which teaches 3 to 13-year-olds, for four years, in which time it transformed from a boys' school to co-educational.
He said he had enjoyed his time there, adding: "Rather than being Tadworth's best kept secret, we have tried to create a real community school."
He is moving to Downsend School in Leatherhead.