mortarboardWe are not sure how many Headmasters / Headteachers / Principals there have been since the school opened in 1940. Also it is not always clear the dates for each headship. Below is what we know / think the dates are. Those in black we are sure of, those in grey we are less sure.

Strangely we know most about the first two as they kept headteachers logbooks. We also know quite a bit about the last three, but little is known about those in between. More definite, preferably documentary evidence would be much appreciated.


Headmasters / Headteachers / Principals since the school opened


Date started

Date left


Mr. H.J. Ryder

20th May 1940

7th April 1954

H Ryder

Mr. H. Paul

27th April 1954

27th July 1967

H Paul 2 

Mr. R.E.E.Woods

Sept 1967

 July 1979


Mr F. Maynard

Sept 1979 *  July 1984 *  

 Mr. A.Cooper / Miss L. Powell  (Acting)

 Sept 1984 *  July 1986 *  

Mr. A. Browne

1st Sept 1986

 31st May 1995


Mr. A.D. Perrett

1st June 1995

31st Aug 2012

Anthony Perrett webjpg 

Mr S.G. Riches 

1st Sept 2012 

31st Dec 2015

Oct12 SR White 

Mr P. Grundy

1st Jan 2016

to date

Phil2 01 


* Believed to be the correct dates


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