A new head has been appointed to lead Fyling Hall from April 2013. Mr Paul Griffin, who currently teaches at St Bede’s College, Manchester, has been selected from a strong field of almost 40 candidates. After a two day interview process, which saw the candidates interviewed by parents, pupils and trustees, Paul emerged a clear favourite and the trustees of the School are convinced he is the right man to lead Fyling Hall forward.
Paul (46) was born and brought up in Bristol. He graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in History and trained as a teacher in Liverpool. After starting his career in a large comprehensive, he went on to teach in several independent schools, including spells as a housemaster at Downside and the Royal Hospital School. He intends to continue teaching some History as well as coaching rugby and cross country. He is passionate about history and music, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and attempting the Times crossword.
Paul is married to Katherine who has taught Religious Studies and English and hopes to be very involved in life at Fyling Hall.
Paul said, “Fyling Hall is a unique and wonderful school, and I am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff and enthusiastic pupils that I met during the interview process. It’s also a delight for both of us to be moving to such an astonishingly beautiful part of the country”.
The outgoing Headmaster, Ken James, is leaving after five years to take up a post working for The Scots College in Australia. He said “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fyling Hall and will be tremendously sad to leave the School. It is twenty years since I first worked in Australia and I have thought about returning many times; I’m not a man to rush a decision! I am sure that the school will go from strength to strength under Paul’s stewardship and I know the community will make Paul and Katherine very welcome.”