Christ’s Hospital welcomes new Headmaster

Mr Simon Reid, currently Principal of Gordonstoun School, will succeed John Franklin on his retirement as Headmaster of Christ’s Hospital this September.

Simon’s career has seen him teach in a number of prestigious schools, including Brentwood, Stowe and Christ’s Hospital (1993-2004), where he held various posts, including teacher of English and boarding house master. After Christ’s Hospital, Simon spent seven years as Deputy Head at Worksop College before taking up his present position at Gordonstoun in 2011.

Simon commented: “The bond with Christ’s Hospital and its values, which I formed during my first period at the School, has drawn me back once again, this time with the honour to serve as Headmaster.”

“In my immediate predecessor, John Franklin, I have a tough act to follow. John’s tenure saw the School make considerable advances, with major improvements on the campus, an enhanced strategic and financial footing and greater connectedness to the wider community, nationally and worldwide. Most of all, he kept the School true to its original mission to create opportunity for those in need.

“I am looking forward to meeting the challenges ahead with commitment and dedication.”

Simon has a BA in English and Politics and a Higher Diploma in Education. His wife Michèle teaches French (her native language) and they have two adult children. Simon’s interests include architectural and landscape photography, writing poetry, reading and skiing.

Christ’s Hospital was founded in the City over 460 years ago and moved to its 200 acre campus near Horsham, West Sussex just over a century ago. Famous for its Tudor uniform of dark blue ankle length coat and saffron yellow socks, it is one of the leading charitable boarding schools in the country and a highly effective agent for social mobility. Of the 860 current pupils, 14% (117 pupils) receive a free place, one third (297 pupils) pay less than 10% of the full boarding fee and three quarters of pupils are on some form of means-tested bursary.

Chairman of the Board of School Governors at Christ’s Hospital said: “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 the School successfully in the next phase of its development.”

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