Staff appointments: September 2020

Congratulations to the following on their recent appointments (taken from the September 2020 issue of Independent Education Today)

Rydal Penrhos

Rydal Penrhos has appointed Alun Brown as head of sixth form. Brown, who is also head of the senior school’s health and wellbeing faculty, started at The Windsor Boys’ School as an English teacher and assistant director of rowing. At Monmouth School he took on roles including master in charge of junior rowing and Combined Cadet Force. He has also worked at Whanganui Collegiate School, Elizabeth College and Cranbrook School. Brown played a pivotal role in the formation of Rydal’s own CCF in recent months.

King William’s College

The managing director of law firm Cains has been appointed chairman of governors at King William’s College. Peter Clucas, a former pupil at the independent school, joined the King William’s College Society in 2002, became president in 2012 and was appointed a governor in 2014.

“Apart from a few years early on when I was concentrating on developing my career at Cains, I have never really lost touch with the school and it has been a real insight and a joy to see how it has developed over the last few decades,” he said.

St Swithun’s prep school

Jenny Davies, a year 3 teacher at St Swithun’s prep school, has been appointed a High Performance Learning (HPL) global lead teacher. Building on developments which are a by-product of remote learning, she is hoping to introduce a whole-school sharing of resources so that children can develop an understanding of what makes a good learner.

“This appointment is testament to the outstanding work of all my colleagues in embracing the HPL concept for the benefit of every child in the school,” said Davies.

Millfield School

Millfield School has appointed Darren Robinson as director of football, starting in September. He has over 10 years of experience in 1st team coaching and performance management, holding positions such as head of performance and recruitment for Birmingham City FC, and head of performance for Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Nottingham Forest.

He also launched a talent identification and football intelligence start up, iScout, in 2016. He is hoping to grow independent schools’ contribution to youth development within the football pathway, as well as continuing to cultivate links with clubs and the community.

Moreton Hall

Moreton Hall has recruited Carina Walsh to lead lacrosse development at the school, delivering elite sports training, specialised coaching workshops and training at all levels to the Shropshire community.

For the past 10 years, Walsh has been captain of the Oxton lacrosse women’s team, alongside coaching them. She has played at all levels and all over the world. The school will be introducing a lacrosse performance hub soon, where Walsh will lead the way in helping Moreton Hall girls achieve their ambition of playing for their country. Director of sport Alison McDonald said: “We are thrilled to welcome Carina to the team at Moreton Hall.”

Denstone College

Denstone College has appointed Chris Prosser as director of hockey. In his school days, Prosser represented his local hockey club at a regional level, and at Malvern College, he coached Malvern Hockey Club’s women’s 1st team in the regional league.

He has also worked across schools in Birmingham as a hockey coach and established a junior programme of talented athletes. Prosser spoke of his plans in his new appointment: “I am looking forward to bringing in new initiatives to build on the current hockey programme, increase participation, enter new national competitions and also introduce indoor hockey to the mix.”


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