Alistair Hopkins, left, has been appointed to the job at Caistor Grammar School, in Lincolnshire.
Alistair spent four years as a journalist at the Dewsbury Reporter, in Yorkshire, before going into education in 1999.
After graduating from Oxford with a degree in English language and literature, Alistair went on to teach English subjects at three schools in Bradford and Wolverhampton.
For the past six years he had been deputy headteacher at a school in Coventry.
Caistor Grammar was ranked top in the Sunday Times Schools Guide among 14 schools listed in Lincolnshire.
He added: “I feel like I’m part of a community here and I felt like the school is the right fit for me.
“In my career I’ve always wanted to do the best possible job I can and inevitably the time came when I wanted to better myself.”