Bishop’s Stortford College welcomes new Headmaster

10 Nov 2011

Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire, begins the academic year with a new Headmaster, following the retirement of John Trotman in July after fourteen years of service.

With a proven track record, Jeremy Gladwin has worked in a number of schools, most recently as Headmaster of St Edmund’s, Canterbury, also a co-educational, all through, day and boarding school.

Commenting on what attracted him to move, Jeremy said, “I had not intended to look for a second headship at this point in time. However, when the chance to lead Bishop’s Stortford College came up it was too good an opportunity to miss. I recognised in the College various elements, which formed a very attractive combination. The idea of an all-through school, with Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior Schools co-located on one beautiful site, with the almost inevitable family atmosphere which that generates, is something I have come to know and love in my previous role. I was also attracted by the exciting development programme underpinned by strong pupil numbers and sound financial management. There are a number of building projects planned for the next few years and I am very much looking forward to leading on these schemes and identifying new ones which can further enhance the wonderful facilities that the College already offers its pupils.”

“On the various occasions when I visited the school during the interview process, I was very impressed by the well-mannered and friendly pupils, so obviously enjoying the experience of being at the College. It is clearly a very purposeful academic environment. Superb public examination results place the College as one of the top schools in the region. This is a school that offers not only outstanding teaching, as witnessed in the most recent ISI inspection, but also exceptional breadth in its extra-curricular programme, including strong sport and both performing and visual arts. As someone with considerable breath of personal interest myself, it was important to me to come to a school offering genuine breadth of opportunity. I will, after all, be a new parent shortly, since my son is joining the sixth form and I am delighted that he will be able to benefit from all that the College has to offer.”

Jeremy was a choral scholar at The King’s School, Worcester prior to completing his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon. He then read Geography at the College of St Hild and St Bede in the University of Durham. After graduating, he taught at Shrewsbury School, rising to become Head of Geography and finally Housemaster. As a keen walker with a love for the outdoors, he ran the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award during his fifteen years at Shrewsbury. He was appointed Deputy Headmaster at the Royal Hospital School in 1999, and then Headmaster of St Edmund’s in 2005. Jeremy is also an Inspector for both ISI and Ofsted (boarding).

An accomplished athlete in his younger days, Jeremy particularly enjoys watching rugby, and continues to play tennis at club level. He has a keen interest in all music, especially sacred choral and classical, and is a fine pianist. He is married to Nicola, and has a daughter aged 20, a son aged 16 and a 12 year old black Labrador.

Jeremy has visited Bishop’s Stortford College on numerous occasions since his appointment was announced well over a year ago, which has provided him with the opportunity to enjoy an excellent handover from John Trotman. “I have been made to feel extremely welcome by all with whom I have come into contact – be they pupils, teaching or support staff and I feel privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to lead such a wonderful school,” he said. “I believe I have found in Bishop’s Stortford College a school in which every pupil is known, valued and nurtured, where excellence is constantly strived for and where the range of opportunity is frankly quite stunning. The setting of the school is peaceful, spacious, beautiful and safe and I cannot think of a nicer environment in which to serve my second Headship.”

Photo: Jeremy Gladwin – new BSC Head