School gets second male head in 70 years

CELIA WIGG A Norfolk school is to have a male headteacher for only the second time in its 70 year history.


A Norfolk school is to have a male headteacher for only the second time in its 70 year history.

Hethersett Old Hall School yesterday announced that Stephen Crump is to succeed Janet Mark on her retirement next summer.

Currently the deputy head of Kingsley School - a girls' independent school in Leamington Spa - Mr Crump began his career as an English teacher in Suffolk at Thurston Upper School, near Bury St Edmunds. Married with four children, he is delighted to be returning to East Anglia.

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“I was impressed by the warm, friendly atmosphere of the school from the moment I set foot inside the door. I am looking forward to working with the pupils, parents and staff to develop educational opportunities to ensure that Hethersett Old Hall School continues to provide an unrivalled quality of education for all its pupils in the supportive and caring atmosphere that is so much its hallmark,” he said.

Mr Crump brings to the school experience gained in both maintained and girls' independent schools. Although Hethersett Old Hall School is introducing boys into the junior department from September, he is committed to the girls only policy in the senior school.

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He added: “The school has a fine tradition of preparing well-rounded young women both for higher education and beyond. Research shows that older girls learn best in a single-sex environment where teaching can be fine-tuned to meet their academic and developmental needs and this will continue to be our focus in the future.”

Mr Crump is the school's first headmaster since the 1970s. He is interested in theatre and the arts generally, but in his spare time enjoys tennis and squash and is an enthusiastic spectator of rugby games. He is also keen on country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting and walking.

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