Alan Dane steered one of his previous schools - the Harris Academy in London - to an ’outstanding’ rating from education watchdog Ofsted.
He joins Forest High following the retirement due to illness of previous head John Whitehead from the Brightstowe Academy at Shirehampton near Bristol.
He said: ’It is an honour and a delight to be the new headteacher of the Forest High School.
"I am really looking forward to getting to know the staff and students as soon as possible and to working with you in the years ahead to make this the best school it can possibly be for its students and for this community.
"We are now almost two years into the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The challenges it has caused young people and the pressures it has placed on schools show no signs of easing any time soon.
"Our students’ safety and well-being will always be my overwhelming priority.
"But I am determined that the challenges and pressures of the pandemic do not stop our students getting the best teaching, the best support and the best opportunities."
The 45-year-old graduated in theology from Durham University and now lives in Cardiff with his husband and two children.
Nigel Johnson, chair of SGS Academy Trust, which oversees the school, is also the chair of the Local School Board. added: "We were fortunate to have several high-quality, experienced, senior leaders who applied for this post.
’’Alan was unanimously chosen by the selection panel at interview because of his experience, intellect and leadership style which we believe is a perfect fit for Forest High School.
"We are delighted that we have found a headteacher who shares our vision for the school and who can continue the improvements we have made at the school over the last six years."
At its last inspection in 2018, Ofsted said the school in Causeway Road "requires improvement".
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