University College School Announces New Head for the Junior Branch 6 Jan 2014

The Chairman and Council of University College School are pleased to announce the appointment of Lewis Hayward as Headmaster of the UCS Junior Branch from September 2014 upon the retirement of Kevin Douglas in July.

Mr Hayward is currently Deputy Principal at Highgate School and holds an MA (Hons) in Classics from the University of Oxford and an MA in Education Leadership and Management from the Open University. He began his career in 1990 as a Teacher at Kenton College in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1993, he moved to Saudi Arabia, to take up the role of EFL Teacher at Saudi Aramco Oil Company, and was subsequently promoted to Editor and Analyst in 1994. Lewis Hayward then joined Holmewood House Preparatory School as Teacher of Latin in 1999. In 2001 he became Head of Classics at Highfield Preparatory School and assumed his current role at Highgate in 2009. He is married and has two children.

Commenting on the appointment, UCS Headmaster Mark Beard said, “Lewis brings over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience from a variety of UK and international schools.  His commitment and passion for teaching impressed us all as a natural successor to Kevin Douglas.  I am extremely grateful to Kevin for his leadership and vision of the Junior Branch and for the great kindness and dedication which he has demonstrated over the years towards UCS and its pupils.”

Kevin Douglas has served as Headmaster at the JB since 2001 and replied, “It has been a pleasure to lead the UCS Junior Branch for so many years and I am immensely proud to have been a part of its history.  For generations, the JB has been a happy and successful school and I have every confidence that this will continue under Lewis Hayward’s stewardship.  I look forward to working with Lewis in the coming months to acquaint him with UCS.”

Mr Hayward added, “I am well aware of the unique ethos and reputation of this fantastic school and I am thoroughly looking forward to working with all the children, staff and parents at the JB from September 2014. Kevin Douglas is leaving the JB in fantastic shape and a huge debt of gratitude is owed to him. It will be a very exciting prospect for me to work with Mark Beard and all the rest of the UCS staff to help take this great school onto the next stage in its development.”

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