Heads on the move: the new academic year has trigged a headmasters’ domino effect

The Telegraph, 05.09.15, as Anthony Seldon and Tony Little leave Wellington and Eton, a whole host of other schools have appointed new heads too. HMC members Simon Henderson, Julian Thomas, Ceri Jones, Huw Williams, Chris Stevens, Stuart McPherson, Chris Townsend, Alastair Land, Sarah Kerr-Dineen feature.

Another academic year begins, and with it, a hoard of new heads at some of the country's smartest schools.

At the most famous school in the world, Eton College, it’s farewell to Tony Little, jetting off to Dubai to run education company Gems, and hello to 38-year-old historian Simon Henderson, who has been imported from Bradfield, Eton’s Berkshire neighbour.

The other high-profile Anthony, Sir Anthony Seldon, has also left his Berkshire outpost, Wellington College, to be Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, which his father founded.

To Wellington comes the polar explorer Julian Thomas, former head of Caterham School, Surrey.

These two moves have triggered a domino effect.

Taking the headship at Caterham is Ceri Jones, former second master of Tonbridge School in Kent, while Tonbridge has imported Westminster housemaster and biologist Huw Williams to take his place.

Filling Simon Henderson’s large boots at Bradfield is Dr Chris Stevens, former second master of Marlborough College.

Down in Wiltshire, Marlborough’s former master of rugby and housemaster Bill Nicholas steps up to the second mastership.

Elsewhere, Eton housemaster Stuart McPherson takes Gino Carminati’s role as the head of Worth School in West Sussex, while head of Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, Mark Steed, also heads to Dubai to become the director of JESS.

At Felsted School in Essex, deputy head Chris Townsend becomes headmaster as Dr Mike Walker retires; Harrow deputy head Alastair Land becomes headmaster of Repton, Derbyshire; and Sarah Kerr-Dineen becomes Oundle’s first female head.

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