Headmaster Moves on to New Chapter – Wellington School Prep

09 Jul 2020

Wellington Prep School’s Headmaster has announced he will be leaving the School at the end of this academic year, after ten years. Adam Gibson was educated at Wellington School and returned to lead the Prep School in September 2010.

He has announced that he is to leave Wellington at the end of the summer term 2020, to take up a new role as Head of Prep at the prestigious Cranleigh Abu Dhabi.

“My time at the helm of the Prep School has been an absolute privilege and an opportunity that I could never have imagined when I left Wellington School as an 18 year-old,” comments Adam Gibson.  “To have found myself at my old school – a school for which I have a deep affection – has always meant more to me than any other comparable role could ever have done. During my time at Wellington School, it has been a privilege to help to deliver an outstanding prep education and to help shape the School’s ethos and values.”

Educated at Southampton, Loughborough and Cambridge Universities, Adam developed information systems for healthcare providers and worked in the UK and Australia before joining the teaching profession in his late twenties. Wellington is his second Prep School Headship.

With his wife Amanda and their two children, the Gibson family have thrown themselves into Wellington School life and been valuable and lively members of the community.

“The School is a great community and can, rightly, be described as a family.  Wellington, as a town and as a school, has been very good to us and we will be eternally grateful to everyone – children and adults, alike,” concludes Adam Gibson.

Wellington School’s Chair of Governors, Anna Govey comments, “Adam’s commitment to the Prep School has been outstanding over a decade. He has been instrumental in re-structuring the School, incorporating our transitional prep year into the school, and making the successful re-brand from Junior to Prep School. He has implemented some outstanding academic standards, launched the Nursery School and overseen the purchase, development and success of our Forest School and Outdoor Learning programme.

Eugene du Toit, Headmaster of Wellington School, said “Adam has served Wellington Prep School with great loyalty and dedication. He has set the highest of standards to both pupils and staff, but has led with compassion and empathy. We will miss Adam, but we congratulate him on his appointment and celebrate his success. The summer term will see the school community appropriately recognising Adam’s excellent service.”

Mr du Toit continued “The long-term strategy for the School includes further integrating the Prep and Senior Schools into a single whole-school model. The Board of Governors and I have begun the process of searching for the next Prep Head and we anticipate confirming Adam’s replacement by the end of this term.”