A headmaster who has been recognised as one of the country’s top teachers will leave Sussex for a new post at the end of the school year.
Dr Richard Maloney will leave Bede’s Senior School in July to take up a new job at the Uppingham School in Rutland.
The school’s governors have praised Dr Maloney for his time as headmaster.
Chairman of the board of governors, Major General Anthony Meier, said: “While the Bede’s community is of course sad that Dr Maloney will be leaving us, we are pleased and proud that he is moving to one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
“Bede’s has come a long way since 2009 when Dr Maloney took up his post here and is now established as one of the premier schools in the South East. This is in no small part to Dr Maloney’s ambition and passion for the school and his tireless pursuit of progress.
“Importantly, everything which he, the staff and pupils of Bede’s have accomplished in recent years has been done while maintaining a complete commitment to the school’s ethos and values.
“It is now the governors’ highest priority to appoint a new head of the calibre that Bede’s deserves, and we are confident of attracting a very strong field.”
Dr Maloney – who joined the Upper Dicker school in 2009 – was featured in a top ten list of ‘superheads’ by the Daily Telegraph last year after appearing in the newspaper’s Good School Guide.
The guide describes Dr Maloney as ‘a man of palpable energy - physical and intellectual - complemented by equal measures of compassion, dedication, ambition and vision. A very attractive, modern head’.
The school is expected to appoint a new headmaster in coming months.
Bede’s is a coeducational independent school for 13 to 19 year olds, set in 140 acres of the Sussex Downs, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Special Scientific Interest. The current student roll is 750, with more than 300 students boarding at one of five boarding houses recognised by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors for their Outstanding Design and Innovation.
Bede’s Senior School was founded in 1979 by Mr Peter Pyemont. It is now based in an estate established by Horatio Bottomley, the notorious swindler, MP and founder of the Financial Times.
For more information on the prep or senior school, or the St Bede’s Trust, visit www.bedes.org.
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