Staff appointments: January 2021

Independent Education Today congratulates the following on their recent appointments (taken from the January/February 2021 issue of IE)

Monmouth School for Boys

Simon Dorman


Simon Dorman took up his new role as headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys in October, having served as second master for 10 years. Dorman did his PGCSE at Queen’s University while working as a boarding master at his old school, Methodist College Belfast. Dorman’s first teaching post was at Gordonstoun, followed by a year in Seville where he taught English and German. He then took up a post as head of German at The Leys and became a housemaster. The school said Dorman is a passionate advocate of the benefits that boarding brings to the school community.


Tudor Hall School

Julie Lodrick


Julie Lodrick has been announced as the next head of Tudor Hall School, succeeding Wendy Griffiths who is retiring after 18 years. Lodrick will take up her new post in January 2022. Lodrick is currently head of Kent College, Pembury, where she has been in post for five years. Her achievements include a growth in pupil numbers, improvements in academic performance and the introduction of a sport and wellbeing programme. Chair of governors Debbie Chism said the board was impressed with Lodrick’s “clear vision for the future of the school”.


Rugby School Thailand

Bruce Grindlay


Bruce Grindlay will become the principal of Rugby School Thailand in September 2021. He is currently headmaster of Sutton Valence School. Grindlay read music at Emmanuel College, where he also undertook postgraduate studies while teaching there. Grindlay was director of music at Christ’s Hospital, having started his teaching career at Christ’s College in Brecon and Bedford School. Peter Green, executive headmaster of the Rugby School Group, said he is “one of England’s outstanding headmasters”.

Read our interview with Bruce Grindlay on pages 61–62 of the January/February issue of IE.


Glenalmond College

Edward Schneider


Edward Schneider is now in post as Glenalmond College’s director of development. Schneider was born and educated in the US and has lived in the UK for 30 years. A former teacher, he has spent the past 20 years working in development and fundraising for independent schools, including Radley and Wellington College. Schneider has worked as a consultant for a variety of educational charities and was the founder of The Prince Albert Foundation for Transformational Bursaries at Wellington, as well as serving for 10 years as a trustee for Eastside Young Leaders Academy, working with disadvantaged young people in London.


Robert Gordon’s College

Robin Macpherson


Robert Gordon’s College has appointed Robin Macpherson as its new head. Macpherson has held teaching and senior leadership roles in Scotland, the UK and overseas, and has worked as an examiner for the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Edexcel and the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He joins the school from Dollar Academy, where he was assistant rector. Macpherson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a keen advocate and public speaker in international education, and a North East Committee member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.


Pocklington School

Tim Morris


Pocklington School has appointed Tim Morris as its new head of sixth form, starting from September 2020.
Morris graduated from Loughborough University with an honours degree in geography and completed his PGCE at the University of Leeds. From 1999–2019 he worked at Fulford School, where he became director of sixth form in 2012. During his tenure, Fulford was awarded ‘Comprehensive School of the Decade’ by the Sunday Times. “My aim is to […] embed a mindset for success where every student strives to become the very best version of themselves,” said Morris.


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