Ashford School previously announced that Mr Buchanan would look to remain in post until Christmas 2018 if necessary. However, this appointment means that Mr Hall will be able to take up post in September for the full academic year.
Throughout the recruitment process, Mr Hall impressed Governors with his vision for the future of the School, in building on its excellent academic record and high standards of pastoral care and maintaining its reputation as a school of choice.
As a highly experienced leader in the independent schools sector, Mr Hall will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role. Previously, he spent almost eight years as Head of Bedford Modern School in what was a very successful period of growth. He then took up his current post as CEO and Principal of GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai, an ‘Outstanding’ rated all-through, co-educational school.
His career includes significant experience in co-educational, all-through education, as well as both day and boarding settings. He studied economics as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool before training as a teacher and completing a Master’s degree in Educational Management. A keen adventurer, Mr Hall has undertaken treks in the Pyrenees and the Alps and also enjoys cycling, rugby, swimming and many different forms of music.
In advance of September, Mr Hall will be working alongside Mr Buchanan, the Governors and Senior Leadership Team in order to ensure a smooth transition and plan for the new academic year.