New Headmaster appointed at Trinity School of John Whitgift 30 Nov 2015

The Whitgift Foundation’s Court of Governors and Trinity School Committee are delighted to have appointed Alasdair Kennedy as the new Headmaster of Trinity School of John Whitgift. Alasdair is currently the Deputy Master Academic at Dulwich College and will take up his new appointment on 1 September 2016 succeeding Mark Bishop, who is retiring having successfully led the school since August 2006.

Alasdair was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and graduated in 1996 with Honours in Engineering and a PGCE from St John’s College, Cambridge. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the independent day and boarding school sector having enjoyed a 19 year career at Rugby School, Sevenoaks School and Dulwich College.

Alasdair joined Dulwich College in 2003 as Head of Physics and was promoted to Deputy Master Academic in 2007 where he has been a member of the College Leadership Team and involved in the strategic and business development of the School. At Dulwich, he led the development of teaching and learning and held a particular interest in the School’s pastoral and co-curricular activities. Alasdair also shares The Whitgift Foundation’s ethos of promoting social inclusivity by providing an outstanding education to students from a wide variety of backgrounds through its significant bursary scheme.

Alasdair is married with three boys and has a keen interest in both sport, being a Cambridge University Rugby Blue, and music, playing the piano, double bass and guitar. On his appointment, Alasdair said: “I am delighted to be asked to lead Trinity - a happy and purposeful community that provides a rich breadth of opportunity and excellence. I look forward to partnering with parents and all at the school in developing the hearts, minds and talents of its pupils.”

David Seymour, Chairman of the Trinity School Committee, said: “As Governors we were totally committed to ensuring that we appointed someone who genuinely identified with Trinity’s distinctive ethos and culture. We believe that in Alasdair we have appointed a Head who will uphold and enhance Trinity’s values, and build on and develop the outstanding work of the retiring Headmaster, Mark Bishop. We wish him every success on this exciting journey and we are confident that he will receive a very warm welcome from parents, staff and students.”

Trinity School in Shirley Park, Croydon (South London), is a dynamic, forward-looking day school at the forefront of independent schooling. It offers an outstanding education to boys aged 10-18 and has a thriving co-educational Sixth Form. The School is part of The Whitgift Foundation, founded in 1596 by John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury. His legacy provides the School with excellent facilities, including for creative arts and sport, as well as an extensive range of bursaries and scholarships, allowing pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds to benefit from an education at Trinity.

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