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The Society of Heads
The Society of Heads
The Society of Heads
The Society is an Association of Heads of over 100 well-established independent schools. It was founded in 1961 at a time when the need arose from the vitality and growth of the independent sector in the 1950s and the wish of a group of Heads to share ideas and experience.
The Society continues to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and consideration of the particular needs of the smaller independent school. These are frequently different from the issues and from the approach of the larger schools. All members value their independence, breadth in education and the pursuit of excellence, particularly in relation to academic standards.
The Society’s policy is to maintain high standards in member schools, to ensure their genuine independence, to foster an association of schools which contributes to the whole independent sector by its distinctive character and flexibility, to provide an opportunity for the sharing of ideas and common concerns, to promote links with the wider sphere of higher education, to strengthen relations with the maintained sector and with local communities.
Within the membership there is a wide variety of educational experience. Some schools are young, some have evolved from older foundations, some have behind them a long tradition of pioneer and specialist education, the great majority are now co-educational but we also have all-boys and all-girls schools. A good number of the member schools have a strong boarding element and others are day schools. Some have specific religious foundations and some are non-denominational. All offer a stimulating Sixth Form experience and at the same time give a sound and balanced education to pupils of widely varying abilities and interests.
The Society is one of the constituent Associations of the Independent Schools Council. Every Full Member school has been accredited through inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (or Estyn in Wales and HMIE in Scotland) and is subject to regular visits to monitor standards and ensure that good practice and sound academic results are maintained. The Society is also represented on many other educational bodies.
All members are in membership of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) or other union for school leaders and Full Member schools belong to AGBIS or an equivalent professional body supporting governance.
There are also categories of Additional, Overseas and Conference Membership to which Heads are elected whose schools do not fulfil all the criteria for Full Membership but whose personal contribution to the Society is judged to be invaluable. They are recorded separately at the end of the entries.
The Society has a one-day meeting for members in the autumn and summer terms and organises a two-day residential conference in the Easter term.
Officers 2016–2017
Chairman: Damian Ettinger, Cokethorpe School
Vice-Chairman: Dominic Findlay, Langley School
Chairman Designate: Gregg Davies, Shiplake College
Hon Treasurer: Stephen Fairclough, Abbotsholme School
 
Committee 2016–2017
Kathryn Bell, Burgess Hill Girls
Frank Butt, Langley School
Sami Cohen, d’Overbroeck’s
Christine Cunniffe, LVS Ascot
Lynne Horner, Westholme School
Roland Martin, City of London Freemen’s School
Adrian Meadows, The Peterborough School
Richard Palmer, St Christopher School
Sarah Raffray, St Augustine’s Priory
Annette Roberts, Kirkham Grammar School
 
Secretariat
General Secretary: Clive Rickart
 
The Society of Heads
12 The Point, Rockingham Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7QU
Tel: 01858 433760 • Fax: 01858 461413 • email: gensec@thesocietyofheads.org.uk
 
 
Members who are also members of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference:
Anton Maree, Ackworth School
Jesse Elzinga, Reading Blue Coat School
Keith J Budge, Bedales Schools
Mark Hoskins, Reed’s School
Roderick MacKinnon, Bristol Grammar School
Rob Jones, Rendcomb College
Roland Martin, City of London Freemen’s School
Roger McDuff, Rydal Penrhos School
Joanne Thomson, Clayesmore School
David Buxton, St Columba’s College
Damian Ettinger, Cokethorpe School
John Green, Seaford College
Simon Wilson, Halliford School
Gregg Davies, Shiplake College
Daniel Berry, Kirkham Grammar School
Mark Mortimer, Warminster School
Nigel Williams, Leighton Park School
Chris Staley, Wisbech Grammar School
Mark Wallace, Lincoln Minster School
 
Members who are also members of the Girls’ Schools Association:
Kathryn Bell, Burgess Hill Girls
Jonathan Forster, Moreton Hall
Sarah Raffray, St Augustine’s Priory School
 
Associate Members
S Aiano (formerly Headmaster, Bearwood College)
G Allen (formerly Headmaster, The Roman Ridge School)
J C Baggaley (formerly Headmaster, Silcoates School)
S Bailey (formerly Headmaster, The Royal Wolverhampton School)
R D Balaam (formerly Headmaster, Royal Russell School)
D J Beeby (formerly Headmaster, Clayesmore School)
N Beesley (formerly Headmaster, Beechwood Sacred Heart School)
L Bergin (Headmaster, North Cestrian Grammar School)
G Best (formerly Headmaster, St John’s College, Southsea)
D Boddy (formerly Headmaster, St James Senior Boys’ School)
P Bodkin (formerly General Secretary, The Society of Heads)
Sue Bradley (formerly Head, Stover School)
D Bryson (formerly Headmaster, St Andrew’s School)
P Cantwell (formerly Headmaster, The King’s School, Tynemouth)
D Chapman (formerly Headmaster, Hampshire Collegiate School)
N Chisholm, (formerly Headmaster, Yehudi Menuhin School)
R Clark (formerly Headmaster, Battle Abbey School)
A Clemit (formerly Headmaster, Longridge Towers School)
T Cook (formerly Headmaster, Portland Place School)
P Cottam (formerly Headmaster, Halliford School)
D G Crawford (formerly Headmaster, Colston’s School)
J Davies (formerly Headmaster, St Bees School)
N Dorey (formerly Headmaster, Bethany School)
J Dunston (formerly Headmaster, Leighton Park School)
M Eagers (formerly Headmaster, Box Hill School)
N England (formerly Headmaster, Ryde School)
Sarah Evans (formerly Principal, King Edward VI High School for Girls)
D J Farrant (formerly Headmaster, Abbotsholme School)
Sue Freestone (Principal, King’s Ely)
M Goodwin (formerly Headmaster, Sibford School)
A Graham (formerly Headmaster, Windermere St Anne’s School)
R Hadfield (formerly Headmaster, The Read School)
T Halliwell (formerly Principal, Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College)
N Hammond (formerly Headmaster, Wisbech Grammar School)
P Harvey (formerly Headmaster, St Edward’s School)
Carole Hawkins (formerly Head, Royal School, Hampstead)
R Haworth (formerly Headmaster, Hull Collegiate School)
J Hewitt (formerly Headmaster, Bredon School)
G Holden (formerly Headmaster, Dover College)
Christine James (formerly Headmistress, Farringtons School)
D Jarrett (formerly Headmaster, Reed’s School)
C Johnson (formerly Headmaster, The Duke of York’s Royal Military School)
S Jones (formerly Headmaster, Dover College)
T Kernohan (formerly Headmaster, Fulneck School)
I Kilpatrick (Headmaster, Sidcot School)
M A B Kirk (formerly Headmaster, Royal Hospital School)
T Kirkup (formerly Headmaster, Scarborough College)
G Link (formerly Headmaster, Stanbridge Earls School)
M Long (formerly Headmaster, Tettenhall College)
C Lumb (formerly Headmaster, St Joseph’s College, Ipswich)
H MacDonald (formerly Principal, Hampshire Collegiate School)
T Manning (formerly Headmaster, Longridge Towers School)
J McArthur (formerly Headmaster, Reading Blue Coat School)
A McGrath (formerly Headmaster, Leighton Park School)
Linde Melhuish (formerly Principal, Padworth College)
E Mitchell (formerly Headmaster, Abbey Gate College)
J Moreland (Headmaster, Polam Hall School)
S Morris (formerly Headmaster of The Cathedral School, Llandaff)
H Moxon (formerly Headmaster, Stanbridge Earls School)
I Mullins (Licenced Victuallers’ School)
Isobel Nixon (formerly Head, Scarborough College)
T Packer (formerly Headmaster, Teesside High School)
J Payne (formerly Headmaster, Pierrepoint School)
The Hon Martin Penney (formerly Headmaster, Bearwood College)
I Power (formerly Headmaster, Lord Wandsworth College)
G Price (formerly Headmaster, Thetford Grammar School)
M Priestley (formerly Headmaster, Warminster School)
A Reid (formerly Headmaster, Hebron School)
C Reid (formerly Headmaster, St Christopher School)
Lynne Renwick (formerly Head, Our Lady’s Abingdon School)
R Repper (formerly Headmaster, Wisbech Grammar School)
D Richardson (formerly General Secretary, The Society of Heads)
D Robb (formerly Headmaster, Oswestry School)
C Robinson (formerly Headmaster, Hipperholme Grammar School)
M Scullion (formerly Headmaster, Our Lady of Sion School)
Maureen Sheridan (formerly Headmistress, St Joseph’s College Reading)
J Shinkwin (formerly Headmaster, Princethorpe College)
P Skelker (formerly Headmaster, Immanuel College)
P Spillane (formerly Headmaster, Silcoates School)
P Stockdale (formerly Headmaster, Oswestry School)
M Symonds (formerly Headmaster, Bedstone College)
Elizabeth Thomas (formerly Head, Stonar School)
N Thorne (formerly Headmaster, St John’s College, Southsea)
A Tibble (formerly Headmaster, Ewell Castle School)
J Tolputt (formerly Headmaster, The Purcell School)
D Vanstone (formerly Headmaster, North Cestrian Grammar School)
R Walker (formerly Headmaster, Portland Place School)
N Ward (formerly Headmaster, The Royal Hospital School)
A Waters (formerly Headmaster, Kingsley School)
D Wideman (Headmaster, Silcoates School)
G Wigley (formerly Headmaster, Friends’ School)
M Windsor (formerly Headmaster, Reading Blue Coat School)
S Wormleighton (formerly Headmaster, Grenville College)