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Introducing RGS Newcastle's Interim Headmaster

Introducing RGS Newcastle's Interim Headmaster

Towards the end of the Summer term, Headmaster Mr John Fern was taken ill unexpectedly.  While Mr Fern is making good progress, he and the Governors have agreed that while he continues to recover his health, Mr Geoffrey Stanford will provide cover until John is fully fit to return.  Mr Stanford officially starts as Interim Headmaster on Monday 2 September and it is expected that he will be with us for the Autumn term.
 
Mr Stanford comes from serving as Headmaster at the highly prestigious Fettes College in Edinburgh and, prior to this, had a Deputy Head role at Sevenoaks School in Kent. He was educated at Eton, where he received an Oppidan scholarship before going on to read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He served as a Captain in the Grenadier Guards and has worked for both The Boston Consulting Group and Citigroup. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD.
 
Since leaving the city for education, Mr Stanford has taught Economics, Business Studies and Latin. He started teaching at Millfield School before spending nearly six years as a Boarding Housemaster and Head of Department at Pangbourne College. He has also served as a Governor of an ‘Outstanding’ state secondary school and The Dragon School in Oxford.
 
Mr Stanford has a wide range of interests and experiences. He has rowed for Eton, Sandhurst and the British Army at Henley, completed the Marathon des Sables and Devizes to Westminster canoe race, and taken part in a succession of expeditions to the Himalayas, including leading an international team to the summit of Mount Everest. He also enjoys playing the French horn. He is married to Susanna and they have two young sons.