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Posted on: June 11th 2019

College Appoints New Head

Kathy crewe read

The Governors of Bishop’s Stortford College are delighted to announce the appointment of Kathy Crewe-Read as their next Head. Only the 10th Head to be appointed in the 150 year history of the College, Mrs Crewe-Read will be joining the College on 1st September 2020.

Following a rigorous selection process, Kathy was appointed from an exceptionally strong field of candidates and will succeed Jeremy Gladwin, who announced his retirement from the post of College Headmaster, earlier this year.

After graduating in Pure Mathematics, Kathy has enjoyed a successful career in education. She has taught at a number of HMC schools and joins the College from Wolverhampton Grammar School, an award winning, co-educational day school, where she has been the Head since 2013. It was at Wolverhampton where she built and led her staff to excellence, earning the title of 2018 Senior Leadership Team of the Year, in the TES Independent Schools Awards – “The judges chose Wolverhampton Grammar School because it was clear that a closely knit team was addressing, with real care, many aspects of school life.” She is an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, Chair of the HMC West Group, governor at the Merchant Taylors’ Schools and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has been reported widely in the national media, representing the sector on a number of diverse issues including the role of digital technology in education and the public benefit of independent schools. Her interests include road cycling, hill walking and gardening.

Chair of Bishop’s Stortford College Governing Council, Guy Baker, said, “We were extremely impressed with Kathy’s ambition to deliver a strategy that would benefit the whole College and most importantly, each and every pupil. Based on her significant achievements at Wolverhampton Grammar School, we found her compelling as a candidate for the role of Head, inspiring great confidence in what most people will recognise as a key decision for the College. We are really delighted with the appointment and very much look forward to working with Kathy.”

Kathy commented, “I first visited this school some twenty years ago and it left a lasting impression with me. Bishop’s Stortford College is brilliantly placed to prepare our children to live well in their future world and I want to help as many families as possible realise that ambition by becoming part of this extraordinary community."