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Head announcement

We are delighted to announce that Will Lockett will be the new Headmaster of Knighton House, moving into the head’s house during the summer holidays, but beginning work immediately. 

Will will be paying visits to Knighton across this summer term to get to know the children, the staff and the parents. He’ll be spending time with Helen, Charlotte and the rest of the SLT as they plan the new era together. Last summer Will concluded six successful years as Head of Abberley Hall in Worcestershire, like Knighton an IAPs coeducational boarding Prep School, and this academic year he has been teaching at Shrewsbury High School. Before Abberley, Will was housemaster of Shaftesbury House at Bryanston, so knows this part of the world and the landscape for independent schools very well. He and his wife Beth and their three children love Dorset and are excited to be returning to this beautiful corner of the country.

At Abberley Will was instrumental in forging a new strategic relationship with Malvern College. That experience will be extremely useful to us, as we continue to deepen our own relationship with Bryanston and to make sure it delivers real benefits for all Knightonians. Will’s familiarity with all that Bryanston can offer is a huge advantage as he takes the reins at Knighton.

Will is a classicist, educated at Winchester and Manchester University; he then worked in engineering before finding his vocation as a teacher. He brings to Knighton the very highest academic standards. He is particularly excited about further developing our unique KED curriculum and ensuring that Knighton provides its pupils with a modern educational experience relevant to today’s world.

An experienced beekeeper (currently debating whether to bring his bees to pollinate the Knighton orchard) Will is a runner and a wild swimmer. Beth is an artist and a musician. They are both great enthusiasts for boarding and for prep school life in its fullest sense. We feel lucky and blessed that Will and Beth have decided to join us and make Knighton their next adventure.

We want to go on record to thank Helen for her leadership and to also to thank Charlotte for her support during their wonderful stewardship of Knighton last term and into this. What they have achieved, particularly with the success of remote learning, is truly remarkable. Helen will continue as Acting Head until the end of this term.

We can’t wait to introduce the whole Knighton family to Will and Beth. We’ll be in touch shortly with some dates when, as Covid regulations loosen, you can meet them in person at school this term. We know you will give them both a warm Knighton House welcome.

Yours ever
Paul Slight and Iain Weatherby
Co-Chairs of Governors