Press Release – New Headmaster Announced

PRESS RELEASE 4 June 2015 New Headmaster Announced West Buckland School is pleased to announce that Mr Phillip Stapleton has been appointed Headmaster from 1st September 2016. Phillip is the current Deputy Headmaster at Ardingly College in West Sussex. With a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Durham University, Phillip’s career began at Stonyhurst College in 1996 teaching chemistry before moving to Charterhouse School where he was a Housemaster and then joining Ardingly in 2011. He will be coming to West Buckland with his wife Jules and their three young children. Phillip is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Cardiff University and also holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and a Diploma in Boarding Management. Phillip brings a wealth of academic experience and is also a keen sportsman, playing and coaching a range of sports including rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics. He has completed several endurance and long distance running events including the North Pole Marathon, raising considerable sums for children’s charities. Chairman of Governors, John Light says: “Phillip competed against a formidable field of over 40 candidates and we are delighted he and his family will be joining West Buckland. Phillip brings great experience, energy and enthusiasm which will ensure that West Buckland moves forward whilst building upon its recent achievements. Without doubt he has a passion for education and the care and development of young people. We look forward to welcoming Phillip and his family in 2016.” Phillip Stapleton says: “No one who visits West Buckland could fail to be inspired by its forward thinking architecture and approach to education. I believe West Buckland is on the brink of something special. A place where great education is in reach for everyone. Attracted by its holistic approach, creative flair, strong foundation and gruelling cross country course, my family and I are looking forward to joining the school community and living in this beautiful part of the country. I am honoured to be invited to lead West Buckland School in the next chapter of its history.” Phillip succeeds John Vick who is retiring in summer 2016 after 19 years of distinguished service to the School. ENDS For more information about this press release, please contact Andrew Conibear, Marketing and Communications Manager. Tel: 01598 760015, e-mail [email protected]

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