New Head of Exeter School announced

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New Head of Exeter School announced

Ms Louise Simpson

Exeter School is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Louise Simpson as Head of Exeter School with effect from 1 September 2020.

Louise will become the first ever female Head of Exeter School when she takes up her post next year, following Bob Griffin’s retirement after 17 years of outstanding service.

Louise is currently Head at St Paul’s School in São Paulo, Brazil, a co-educational HMC school of over 1,000 pupils aged 3 to 18.

Andrew King, Chairman of the Governors, said: “The post attracted a tremendous field of candidates, both deputies and serving heads and we are very pleased indeed to have been able to appoint someone of Louise’s calibre.

“She brings extensive educational experience to the role, backed by energy, determination, optimism, commercial acumen and a global outlook. Louise has outlined many innovative ideas to develop our educational offering, to support wellbeing, pastoral care and staff development and to pursue excellence in all that we do. Her values resonate strongly with those of Exeter School and I wish her every success in this vital role.”

Educated at a state school in Suffolk, Louise studied Environmental Science at the University of Wales before starting her teaching career in 1992 teaching Biology at Gresham’s School then Ratcliffe College and King’s Rochester. In 2009, she was appointed Senior Deputy Head at Brighton College, working under both Sir Anthony Seldon and then Richard Cairns. In 2010 she was appointed Head at Bromley High School, a GDST school of 900 girls before taking on her current role in 2014. Married to Darren, an accountant, with a 10-year old daughter, Molly, Louise enjoys the outdoors, walking and cycling.

Louise said she was excited, delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the next Head of Exeter School.

“Throughout the selection process, I have been struck by the warmth of the School, its focus on developing the whole child, its outstanding pastoral care and the commitment of its staff and members of the School community.

“It is a privilege to be invited to lead the School in the next phase of its development. I look forward to building on the exceptional leadership of Bob Griffin and getting to know the School’s staff, parents, friends and alumni – and above all, its pupils.”

Headmaster Bob Griffin said “I am very pleased that such an experienced successor has been appointed and I look forward to preparing a thorough handover with Louise to give her the best possible start in September 2020.”