Further to David Tidmarsh’s decision to retire in July 2019 after 16 years of highly successful leadership and dedicated service to St Martin’s School, I am delighted to announce that following a rigorous recruitment process the Board of Governors unanimously agreed to appoint Mr Simon Dunn as the new Headmaster.
Simon is an experienced independent prep school headmaster and is currently at Brontë House, which is the preparatory school to Woodhouse Grove School in Yorkshire. Brontë House achieved the grade of ‘excellent’ across all areas in a recent inspection. In the Spring Term of 2017 Simon took on the additional role of interim Head of Moorlands School in Leeds, leading the school through a period of change and a successful ‘excellent’ inspection. In his ten years as Head, Simon has overseen a number of major building projects, including a new dining room, classrooms, science laboratory and music department.
Simon is a warm and approachable person who clearly holds his pupils’ best interests at the heart of his leadership. He is the Honorary Secretary of a region of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS). Simon’s interests include classic cars, music and choral singing and he is a talented organist.
Simon is married to Kathryn who is a dyslexia specialist teacher and she too is delighted to be making the move to Northwood. Simon and Kathryn have two children, Hannah and Peter, who are both studying at university.
Simon will commence his headship of St Martin’s in September 2019 and he plans to visit and liaise with David throughout the coming year to ensure a smooth transition. When appointed he said “It is a huge privilege to be appointed as the next Headmaster of St. Martin’s School. I am excited by the clear sense of purpose and endeavour which is apparent throughout the school. I was particularly impressed by the obvious pride that the boys take in their school and also the variety and quality of the experiences that are on offer to them. I look forward to getting to know all the boys, staff and parents when I join the school next September.”
The Board of Governors will work closely with Simon to ensure that the high standards and the exemplary care and nurturing of the boys, for which St Martin’s is renowned, are maintained as the school enters a new stage.
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