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New Head of Stamford School Announced

Mr and Mrs PhelanWe are pleased to inform you that the Governors have appointed Mr Will Phelan as Headmaster of Stamford School from September 2011. The Governors were delighted by the strong field and felt that in Mr Phelan they have appointed someone who will lead the School forward with a clear vision and will build upon the excellent work done by Stuart Burns.

Mr Phelan, who is 38 years old, is currently Deputy Head at Warwick School where he is in his third year. In addition to this Senior Leadership role, he teaches History, General Studies and Critical Thinking and coaches rugby. Mr Phelan started his teaching career at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe where he taught History and coached cricket and rugby. Before this, after graduating, he spent a year in Australia where he was a boarding master and coached sport. In 2005 he moved to Abingdon School as Head of Sixth Form and he continued to teach History and coached the 1st XV. From there he joined Warwick School which is a highly successful H.M.C. boys’ school with over 1000 boys from the age of 7 to 18.

Mr Phelan was educated at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School in Bristol and he has a degree in History from Royal Holloway College, London and a PGCE from Reading University. He also holds an M.B.A in Education Leadership and Management at Leicester University. He is married to Lorna and has two young daughters, Penny and Posy, and we would like to extend to them a warm welcome into the Endowed Schools’ community. There will be opportunities for parents to meet Mr Phelan in the future.

This is an exciting time for Stamford School and the School, perhaps, has never had such a high reputation and we are committed to an ambitious building programme which will enhance the provision for the pupils. Mr Phelan, I am sure, has the right aptitude, experience and educational philosophy to continue to improve the School and to work with all those who are committed to its future.