William Dunlop has been named as the new head of Clayesmore Prep School, successor to Richard Geffen who retires in September.
Currently Head of First Year at Kingston Grammar School where he teaches English, PSHE and ICT to years from 6 to 13, Mr Dunlop will be coming home when he joins Clayesmore Prep in September, where he was a pupil at the pre-prep. Mr Dunlop read English at the University of Liverpool, before undertaking officer training at RMA Sandhurst and joining the British Army.
He is married to Celia, also a teacher, and they have two young children, Henry and Emily, who will be joining Clayesmore too.
Headmaster, Martin Cooke, said: “We are all delighted that William and Celia will be coming to Clayesmore in September to fill this very important role. Throughout the interview process, William struck us as a top candidate with an abiding interest in Prep School education and a very full understanding of the benefits that this brings to young children. He has a warm personality and wide interests and I believe he will be an inspiring and highly successful leader.”
Clearly attracted to Clayesmore by its strong and long-standing family ethos, Mr Dunlop adds: “Clayesmore is the school to which I have always wanted to return, and Celia and I are overjoyed to be coming in September. The school’s principal aim, ‘to discover and develop the unique gifts of every girl and boy,’ is also my own, and it is obvious to me that Clayesmore achieves academic excellence for children of all ability levels, and that it does so in an environment filled to the brim with the joy of childhood. We cannot wait to get to know the children, staff and parents of whom we have heard such lovely things. I already have a huge respect for what has been achieved by Richard during his headship, and look forward with great enthusiasm to leading the Prep School into its next new and exciting era with Martin’s and my new colleagues’ support.”