John Davies has been appointed as the new head of Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, UK, from September 2024, the governors have announced.
John is currently the senior deputy head and vice principal of Kingswood School, Bath, where he is responsible for the day-to-day life of the senior school.
He is also an experienced ISI school inspector, is a member of the HMC AI/Ed Tech Working Group and is the vice-chair of governors at St Andrew’s Primary School, Bath.
Prior to his time at Kingswood, John was the director of teaching and learning at Abingdon School, and assistant director of studies at Shiplake College. He attended Oxford University as an undergraduate where he read English language and literature, and completed a masters in educational leadership from Buckingham University.
John has experience refereeing rugby, football and, more recently, netball. He also plays guitar and percussion and his passion for the performing arts extends to a number of cameo-stage roles in recent school productions.
‘It is my joy and privilege to have been chosen by the governors to be the next head of Dauntsey’s, a school community I have long admired”, said Mr Davies.
“I am excited to build upon the impressive legacy of Mark Lascelles and I look forward to working together with the talented governors, senior leaders, teachers, and support staff, as we lead the school into the next phase of its development. Most of all, I am eager to get to know our pupils and their families, and for them to get to know me.”
Commenting on the appointment, Veryan Nield, chair of governors, said: “John emerged as the standout candidate in a highly competitive selection process. Not only will John bring a fresh perspective, innovative ideas and a passion for education, but he also recognised the unique and special family atmosphere that is ever-present at Dauntsey’s and we felt confident that he will maintain this ethos.”