All change at top for Christ’s Hospital

Pupils at Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham will have a new head master and deputy in a double change at the top.

The new head from September next year will be former teacher at the school Simon Reid, the current Principal of Gordonstoun, the old school of Prince Charles.

His deputy will be Jon Perriss, 43, currently a boarding housemaster at Tonbridge School, Kent.  Mr Perriss will start his new role this September.

Mr Reid will succeed current school head master John Franklin, who is retiring in June 201 after 10 years at Christ’s Hospital.

Mike Hiard, chairman of board of school governors said: “Christ’s Hospital has, in every

respect, made enormous progress in the nine years to date under John Franklin’s

leadership; something that we saw clearly reflected in the quality and motivation of the

candidates that applied for the post.

“In Simon, we believe that we have found the perfect blend of experience, empathy with our unique ethos and charitable mission and the focused leadership qualities necessary to lead Christ’s Hospital successfully in the next phase of its development.”

Mr Reid has taught at schools including Brentwood, Stowe and Christ’s Hospital. After Horsham Simon spent seven years as deputy head at Worksop College before joining Gordonstoun in


Mr Perriss was once a good enough hockey player to play in the National League.He began his teaching career at Wanganui Collegiate School, New Zealand, before moving back to the UK to take up a post at Norwich School. In his time at Tonbridge, Jon has been master in charge of hockey and head of the lower school. Married with two daughters, Jon has a BA in Geography, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership.

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