New head starts at the school this September

The new headmaster of West Buckland School has a vision for ‘21st century education’.

Phillip Stapleton joins the school in September and says he and his family are looking forward to joining the community.

He is married to Jules and their three children will attend the West Buckland Preparatory School.

He said: “No one who visits West Buckland could fail to be inspired by its forward-thinking architecture and approach to education.

“Here is a community, self-reliant and free from the pressures of city living, bursting with the creativity and intellect needed to shape exciting and global futures.

“The new Sixth Form building presents an ideal breeding ground for academic rigour and excellent preparation for university and independent life after school.”

Mr Stapleton was educated at Durham University and was previously deputy headmaster at Ardingly College in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

His career began at Stonyhurst College in 1996, teaching chemistry before moving to Charterhouse where he was a housemaster.

He is a keen sportsman, playing and coaches a range of sports including rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics.

He has completed several endurance and long distance running events including the North Pole Marathon and over the last year has run from London to Brighton and cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds and awareness for charity.

He has recently completed an MBA with Cardiff Metropolitan University and passed his Grade 8 Double Bass.

West Buckland chairman of governors, John Light said: “Phillip brings great experience, energy and enthusiasm which will ensure that West Buckland moves forward whilst building upon its recent achievements. Without doubt he has a passion for education and the care and development of young people. We look forward to welcoming Phillip and his family to the School.”

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