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   Portsmouth Grammar School, Hampshire, has appointed Dr Anne Cotton as the new Head to lead the
school in the next important stage of its development.
Anne is currently Deputy Head (Education Development) at Magdalen College School, Oxford, one of the leading academic day schools in the country. She will become the  rst ever female Head of Portsmouth Grammar when she takes up her post in September 2018, following James Priory’s departure to Tonbridge School in the summer.
Educated at Francis Holland
School in London, Anne studied Classics at Christ Church, Oxford – appropriately enough the college with which PGS has enjoyed a close relationship since its founding in 1732 – where she was awarded a double  rst and later completed her DPhil.
She has experience of teaching in the state and independent sectors, including being Head of Classics at The Henry Box School in Witney, a large co-educational state school, before joining Magdalen College School in 2009.
In September 2018, Claires Court Junior Boys, Berkshire, will welcome as its new head, Mr
Dean Richards who is taking over from Justin Spanswick when the latter moves to a more corporate
Melissa McBride has been appointed headmistress of Long Close School, Berkshire, and
takes up the post in September. Outgoing headmaster Mr. Brendan Pavey is leaving to take on the headship at North Bridge House. Both schools are part of the Cognita Schools group.
Ms. McBride is an experienced head teacher within the independent schools’ sector, having been founding Head at Wandsworth Prep School and most recently in
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During her time at MCS, Anne has been Head of Lower School, Head of Upper School, and Assistant Head, overseeing the pastoral and academic needs of pupils across Years 7 to 11. She was invited to become the Director of Oxford Festival of Arts in 2013, forging partnerships with creative partners and businesses, as well as launching an extensive programme of outreach with Oxfordshire schools.
In her present role as Deputy Head (Education Development), Anne has led a series of innovations, including the redesign of the school’s PSHCE provision, the development of a new enterprise curriculum, the design of a Thinking Skills programme, and the introduction of a broad programme of professional development for staff.
Anne is married to John, who
is Assistant Director of Music
at Abingdon School, and they have two young children, George and Rose. Her interests include voluntary work, swimming, walking, cooking and music. She also continues to enjoy academic research, and her book, Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
role within the School. Dean
has worked in a junior school environment for the past 14 years, most recently as a Deputy Head at Hampton Pre-Prep and Prep School. His experience is varied and mixed and will bring to the School not only his teaching and leadership expertise but a passion for sport.
the Middle East where she led the set-up of two international British curriculum schools as Head and Education Director. Prior to moving into Headship, Ms. McBride spent seven years at Thomas’s Battersea in London as Head of Year and
as a teaching member of the prep school department up to 13+ Common Entrance.
She is currently working at Cognita Head Of ce as Education Advisor to the Group CEO, where she has been supporting the setup of the Education Advisory Board for the company since March 2017.
The Governors
of St Edmund’s School Canterbury have announced the appointment of Mr Edward
O’Connor as the school’s new Head from September 2018.
Edward has been Deputy Head
at St Edmund’s since 2013 and
is currently Acting Head of the Junior School. During his time
at St Edmund’s, Edward has had particular responsibility for teaching and learning, staff development and the curriculum.
He succeeds Mrs Louise Moelwyn- Hughes who has recently been appointed Master of Marlborough College and will leave at the end of the summer term 2018.
Edward O’Connor read History at Peterhouse, Cambridge. This was followed by an MPhil in International Relations at Jesus
Andrew Dickenson will be Head of Loretto Junior School, East Lothian, with effect from August.
Since 2008, Andrew has been
Head of Junior School, Kelvinside Academy and prior to this he was Deputy Head of Edinburgh Academy
Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, has appointed Mr Jonathan Anderson as Headmaster from September 2018.
Jonathan grew up in Ulster and read Geography at Queen’s Belfast where he developed his appetite for teaching and subsequently completed his teaching quali cation in 1997. The same
The new head of Cranleigh Prep School, Surrey, will be Mr Neil Brooks, currently Principal of Fulham Prep
Schools and previously Head of Cothill House.
Mr Michael Wilson will be stepping down as Headmaster at the end
of the Summer term 2018. He will not be leaving the Cranleigh family of schools but will join Cranleigh Abu Dhabi as Headmaster, from July 2018.
College, Oxford. Edward then worked for  ve years in the international  nancial sector in London. He left the City in 2000 and switched careers to teaching. Edward has worked in four leading independent schools as a teacher of History and Politics, an academic Head of Department and a
Director of Sixth Form. In 2012, he completed an MEd in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at his previous employer, The Perse Upper School in Cambridge.
He has also enjoyed success as a published author of four novels and is a keen sportsman. In his youth, he represented Hertfordshire as
an athlete, rowed competitively at university and has played football for a variety of teams. His daughters Esme and Isabel are currently pupils at St Edmund’s and his wife Jude
is a member of the Student Welfare Team at the University of Kent.
Junior School. Andrew has also held Director of Studies, CPD Co- ordinator and Class Teacher posts
in Edinburgh and London. He holds an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews and a PGCE from Anglia University. His interests are wide- ranging: he is a keen cyclist and walker, he has acted in a number of amateur productions and he enjoys public speaking.
year, he joined Christ’s Hospital as a Geography Teacher before being promoted in 1998 to Assistant Housemaster, and in 2003 to Housemaster in a boys’ boarding house. After almost 14 years at Christ’s Hospital, he was appointed as Senior Deputy Head at Worksop College, Nottinghamshire, where he has spent the last seven years.
Following a notable early career as an Army Of cer on active service, Mr Brooks began his twenty year career in education as a Housemaster at Cothill House, becoming Headmaster there in 2003. Afterwards he helped to set up other initiatives within
the Cothill Trust, covering eight preparatory schools. He went on
to work with the Natural History Museum to deliver science courses combined with boarding experiences for inner-London children and brie y became Principal of the Trust, before joining Fulham Prep Schools as Principal.
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