Bishop’s Stortford College appoints new head

Kathy Crewe-Read will take up the role at the beginning of September 2020

Bishop’s Stortford College has announced the appointment of the 10th head in its 150-year history. Kathy Crewe-Read will take up the post on 1 September 2020, succeeding Jeremy Gladwin, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“We were extremely impressed with Kathy’s ambition to deliver a strategy that would benefit the whole college and, most importantly, each and every pupil,” said Guy Baker, chair of the college’s governing council.


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Crewe-Read joins the coeducational independent school from Wolverhampton Grammar, where she has been the head since 2013.

In 2018, the institution won Senior Leadership Team of the Year at the TES Independent Schools Awards.

Besides her headship, Crewe-Read is an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, chair of the HMC West Group, governor at the Merchant Taylors’ Schools and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Kathy Crewe Read

Commenting on her new role, Crewe-Read said: “I first visited this school some 20 years ago and it left a lasting impression with me. Bishop’s Stortford College is brilliantly placed to prepare our children to live well in their future world, and I want to help as many families as possible realise that ambition by becoming part of this extraordinary community.”