The newly appointed chief executive of one of the country’s biggest multi academy trusts is set to visit all 42 schools under his watch during his first term.

Julian Drinkall, CEO of GLF Schools, plans to visit the schools located in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wandsworth and Croydon.

They include Aureus Primary and Aureus School in Didcot, Cherry Fields, William Morris and Hardwick in Banbury, and Longford in Bodicote.

Mr Drinkall said: "GLF Schools is in an enviable position, with many great schools and poised to go from strength-to-strength.

"I intend to visit all our schools in my first full term.

"Context is everything in schools and, as with our children, each and every one of them has different needs at different moments in time.

"It is that context and that ambition that I want to learn about, and I am looking forward to getting to know as many of our staff as possible, as well as our students, parents and carers, schools and communities, and hearing about the incredible work that everyone is engaged in and committed to."

Mr Drinkall replaced Jon Chaloner, the founding CEO, who stepped down last month after 11 years.

The trust provides education to more than 17,000 young people aged from two to 19, and employs approximately 2,500 staff.

Mr Drinkall added: "I'm looking forward to establishing new dreams and possibilities for our Trust, and I'm committed to finding innovative and supportive ways to make that happen for all our children and young people."