New head pledges to build on success

New headteacher Simon Clarke
New headteacher Simon Clarke

A new headmaster has taken over at Spratton Hall School.

Simon Clarke has become just the fifth headmaster in the school’s 60 year history.

He has an extensive background teaching in independent schools having worked at Gresham’s Prep School in Norfolk from 1995 to 2005. He then moved to Millfield Prep in Somerset.

Mr Clarke, who replaces previous head Stephen Player, joined Spratton Hall School in 2007 and has been deputy until his recent promotion.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to get this job. It is a lovely school and has a real family feel from the pupils right through to the teachers and staff,

“I am pleased to be at a school where the pupils are really happy and feel valued and to be able to lead that is very exciting for me.

“I am very proud and excited to be the fifth headmaster of Spratton Hall School. This is a very good school but I would like it become an outstanding school.”

He is married to Danny, who also teaches at the school and has three children aged between 10, eight and five who are also at the school. He is also a keen cricketer, and, with his drama background, an avid theatre-goer.

Mr Clarke aded: “I have been the deputy here for six years and felt it was the right time to take on the headship.

“It is interesting times for education at the moment. I think there will be a lot closer working with the maintained sector but I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

He said he is also looking to make further improvements to the school.

Mr Clarke added: “We are very blessed to have a good school, in 50-acre grounds, but we are constantly looking to improve.

“We want to try to improve the curriculum as well as see if there are facilities we can improve upon.

“We will also see if there is any way to improve the classrooms and keep up with the changes in IT.”