New principal appointed for Stamford Endowed Schools

Mr Will Phelan who has been appointed as the new principal of Stamford Endowed Schools EMN-150624-113900001

Mr Will Phelan who has been appointed as the new principal of Stamford Endowed Schools EMN-150624-113900001

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A new principal has been appointed for Stamford Endowed Schools, who will take over from outstanding principal Stephen Roberts when he retires from his post next year.

Will Phelan, current head of Stamford School, will take up the new role in September 2016, overseeing the three schools in the Stamford Endowed Schools family, Stamford Junior School and Nursery School, Stamford High School and Stamford School.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the next principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools. Stephen Roberts has done an outstanding job and it’s an honour to be able to lead schools which are in such fine fettle.

Mr Phelan became the head of Stamford School in September 2011, having previously worked as the deputy head at Warwick School. Mr Phelan was educated at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School in Bristol and has a degree in History from Royal Holloway College in London and a PGCE from Reading University. He also holds an MBA in Education, Leadership and Management from Leicester University.

Mr Phelan is particularly excited to work with everyone connected with the schools in his new role, he said: “There are exciting times ahead and I’m very much looking forward to working with everyone connected with the schools in my new role - students, parents, colleagues and the town - as well as continuing to encourage as many local children as possible to joining us.”

Chair of governors, Dr Michael Dronfield, said: “The governors were delighted by the strong field of applicants, and felt that in Mr Phelan they have appointed someone who will lead the school’s forward with a clear vision and build upon the excellent work done by Stephen Roberts.

“Mr Phelan has the aptitude, experience and educational philosophy to continue to improve the schools and to work with all those who are committed to its future.”

After the summer the schools will be appointing a new head of Stamford School to take up post in September 2016.