Felsted School has confirmed the appointment of a new head from September.
He is Chris Townsend, the current deputy at the private institution.
He is a classics graduate from Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner – an award made by the college's governing body in recognition of academic excellence – and won three Cricket Blues.
Mr Townsend began his teaching career at Dean Close in Cheltenham, where he was at school himself, and following a three year post as housemaster, he moved to Stowe in Buckinghamshire, where he was a housemaster and head of boarding.
In 2010, Mr Townsend moved to Felsted as deputy head.
John Davies, chairman of the Felsted's governors, said: "Chris competed against a formidable field of some 50 applicants, including several heads of leading independent schools, and his performance was such that he was the unanimous choice of the selection board to become the next headmaster of Felsted.
"Chris is held in very high regard by pupils, parents and colleagues. "He has been a most impressive deputy headmaster in so many ways and we are confident that he, supported by his wife Melanie and their two children, will provide Felsted with the strong and inspirational leadership necessary for the next stage of the school's development."
Mr Townsend said: "I am immensely proud to be appointed as the 28th headmaster of Felsted School.
"It is a unique foundation, with a strong tradition, and I look forward to working to serve the entire community of Felsted: the pupils, parents, common rooms, operational staff and Old Felstedians alike.
"I am really excited by the challenge of building on Felsted's achievements to date and developing the school even further, and feel particularly privileged to have this opportunity.
"I would like to pay tribute to the work of Dr Mike Walker as headmaster and to wish him every success in retirement.
"I also wish to thank the governors for their endorsement of my educational leadership and vision for the future of Felsted, and I look forward to working with them, and alongside Jenny Burrett in the preparatory school, as we continue to develop all that is best about Felsted."
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