06 November 2015
Re: Appointment of new Headmaster
On behalf of your Governors I am pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Mr Ken James as Headmaster of Red House School from September 2016.
Following the news that Mr Alex Taylor will be retiring at the end of this academic year, we instigated a thorough recruitment process which has concluded with the appointment of an individual who quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate. We had targeted someone who we felt would lead us through an extremely exciting period in the School’s history. We wanted someone who had relevant experience, is ambitious, dynamic and determined to drive the School forward.
The recruitment process included Ken flying from Sydney to meet us, not once but twice. Ken is currently Deputy Head and Head of the Senior School at the top ranking, independent Cranbrook School. During a rigorous selection procedure he was constantly identified as the outstanding candidate and received unanimous commendations from all at Red House who met him, including an excellent student interview panel (well done Megan Kavanagh, Megan McGuire, Ben Gargett and Sam Chell) .
Prior to moving to Australia, Ken was Headmaster at Fyling Hall School for four years until 2012. He led a significant improvement in that school’s pupil numbers, academic standards and achieved an excellent inspection report. Ken is also an A level standard Maths teacher and a Rugby and Hockey coach. He ranks sport and co-curricular activities as crucially important and is under no illusions that we also do so.
Ken is originally from the region and is keen to return to his roots. He will be coming back from Australia for good in mid-December and I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to meet him between then and next September. Why did he want to join Red House? Well you can all ask him in time but I would suggest ambition was critical, tradition and reputation important and he was so impressed by the fantastic impression that all of the school representatives had on him. He enjoyed being with us and indeed we enjoyed his company, he is easy to talk to and clearly has a good sense of humour.
This is a hugely important and critical appointment for the School and, as I’m sure you may have gathered, we are all delighted with it.
Chairman of the Governors