Following earlier confirmation of his appointment, Mark Mortimer will be taking up his responsibilities as the new headmaster of Bryanston School from 1 September 2019. Currently headmaster of Warminster School, he will succeed Sarah Thomas, who retires this summer after 14 years at the school.
According to Julian Greenhill, chair of governors at Bryanston: “Mark has the vision, energy, and experience to embrace and nurture Bryanston’s distinctive educational values. Such qualities will enable him to build upon the exceptional work of Sarah and her predecessors ,and lead the school forward to even greater success through the next stage of its life.”
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Mortimer becomes the seventh head of Bryanston since its formation in 1928. Prior to joining Warminster School, he was deputy head at St John’s School in Leatherhead, head of sixth form at Hampton School and head of history at Giggleswick School. As well as having considerable interest in the arts, he is a keen sportsman, having twice rowed across the Atlantic and completed the Marathon des Sables footrace across the Sahara.
“It is an honour to be appointed headmaster of Bryanston,” said Mortimer. “I have been deeply impressed by the warmth of the school community, and by the level of commitment to the school’s timeless guiding principles. Bryanston’s educational philosophy is genuine, bold and rare and, as headmaster, I will cherish it and work tirelessly to preserve, promote and develop it.
“The school is rightfully proud of its reputation for developing pupils with a clear sense of duty and self-belief’ and I’m really looking forward to building on the outstanding leadership of Sarah Thomas.”