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Paul Symes Announced as New Headmaster for Academic Year 2021/2022
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We are excited to announce the appointment of Paul Symes, who will be assuming the role of Aldwickbury Headmaster from September 2021. The appointment is in response to the recent retirement notice of Headmaster Vernon Hales, who will be leaving the position at the end of the academic year after an 18 year career at the school.

Mr Symes joins our staff with eighteen years of teaching experience across both co-ed and all-boys state and private sectors. In his most recent position at Belmont Prep School, North London, he was initially appointed as Head of Boys’ Games, before assuming the role of Deputy Head, responsible for leading on the school’s pastoral care practices and delivering the Mill Hill Foundation safeguarding provisions.

In accepting the new position, Mr Symes explains, “It is with great pride and delight that I accept the position of Headmaster at Aldwickbury. I feel privileged to be appointed by the Governors and I look forward to building on the outstanding work of Vernon Hales and inheriting such a talented team of staff. Aldwickbury is undoubtedly an outstanding school and I feel excited to be given the opportunity to lead us forward into a new era. We will continue to strive towards an environment of high academic standards, where the boys feel secure and happy, enabling them to excel, in and outside of the classroom.”

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Following the appointment, Mr Hales adds, “I am delighted to welcome Paul Symes to the Aldwickbury family as he looks to take over my role as Headmaster in the coming year. With a wealth of experience behind him, including an impressive career in a variety of leadership roles at both Belmont Preparatory School and Mill Hill North London School, I am extremely confident he will bring that Aldwickbury passion and drive to make the school succeed in everything it sets out to achieve. I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Paul to the family as we wish him the very best in the role.” 

For more information about the school or if you’re interested in admissions for your son, request a prospectus here or get in touch with the team today.