New High Master coming home to The Manchester Grammar School

The new High Master of The Manchester Grammar School was announced today as Dr Martin Boulton – who studied at the school in the sixth form.

Dr Boulton, aged 45, currently Under Master (Deputy Head) at Westminster School, London where he has taught since 2001, was born in Altrincham, Cheshire, and spent part of his early career working in the mining industry and corporate finance.

He will join MGS in September, as the 43rd High Master, and replaces Dr Christopher Ray, who leaves to take up a post in Abu Dhabi.

Dr Boulton attended MGS from 1984 to 1986 after winning an assisted place from the Derby School, Bury, Greater Manchester.

He said today:  “My place was made possible because of the assisted places scheme so I feel passionately about the continued role that bursaries should play in the future of MGS.”

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to return to The Manchester Grammar School as High Master. MGS is one of the country's truly great schools and this is a very exciting time as it approaches its five hundredth anniversary.  I very much look forward to meeting the pupils, parents and staff in the coming months and to starting my appointment in September.”

After leaving MGS he spent time working for DeBeers in the diamond and gold mining industry in South Africa, before attending Nottingham University where he graduated with a BEng in mining engineering. He went on to undertake a PhD in mining valuation models. He later worked at Arthur Andersen in a corporate finance role.  He studied for a PGCE at Manchester University and prior to joining Westminster taught at Sherborne School, in Dorset.

Dr Boulton is a keen outdoors enthusiast whose recreations include mountaineering, gliding and he is passionate about school sport.

He was selected from an excellent field of candidates interviewed over several days. Chairman of MGS Governors, Maurice Watkins CBE, said:  “Our recruitment process was spread across the UK and we have secured an outstanding academic who will lead MGS through its 500th anniversary in 2015 and beyond.  His close affinity with the school, having been a pupil here, and his passion and belief in the ethos of MGS will bring enormous benefits for our new bursary appeal.”

“His experiences outside education are valuable and I and the Board look forward to working closely with Dr Boulton from this September.”

Dr Stephen Spurr, Head Master of Westminster School, commented: “I am entirely confident that Dr Boulton, in ‘coming home’ to the Manchester Grammar School after a splendid career here and elsewhere, will convince you as compellingly as he has all of us at Westminster of his outstanding merit and of his potential to take MGS on through its 500th anniversary year and to the next stage of development. I would not be able to recommend anyone more highly for that exciting task in the years ahead.”