New Head for Bancroft’s Announced

Professor Philip Ogden, Chairman of Bancroft’s Governors,  announced today the appointment of Mr Simon Marshall MA, PGCE (Cantab), MA, M.Phil (Oxon) as Head of Bancroft’s School with effect from 1 September 2016.

Simon is currently Headmaster of The English College in Prague. He was previously Deputy Head (Academic) at University College School, London (2007-2013) and Head of English at King’s College School, Wimbledon (2001-2007).  He will replace our outgoing Head, Mrs Mary Ireland, who retires after eight successful years here at Bancroft’s.

Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, Simon graduated in Classics in 1988 from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he was a Choral Exhibitioner. He also gained his Postgraduate Certificate in General Education from Cambridge. He subsequently graduated in 1995 in English Language and Literature from Trinity College, Oxford and took an M.Phil there in Eighteenth Century Studies in 1997.

A keen mountaineer and runner, Simon also enjoys gardening, music and theatre. He and his wife Eleanor are very much looking forward to joining the Bancroft’s community.

I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed to lead such a flourishing and successful school. When visiting the School I was struck by the friendly and purposeful atmosphere and by the great affection felt for Bancroft’s by everyone I met. I very much look forward to joining the Bancroft’s community next year and working with pupils, staff, parents and governors to build on the superb legacy of Mary Ireland.

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Professor Ogden said that the Governing Body was delighted with Simon Marshall’s appointment and looked forward to working closely with him. “Mr Marshall’s experience equips him ideally for sustaining Bancroft’s excellence across a broad front and leading the school during the next stages of its development.”

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