The new headteacher at Oswestry School has been revealed.
Peter Middleton will take over the position vacated by Julian Noad from January 2022.
Mr Middleton makes the move from nearby Shrewsbury School, where he started as an English and Theatre Studies teacher in 2008. For eight years he was in charge of the school’s famous cross-country club – one that enjoys the distinction of being the oldest in the world – coaching them to two national titles and leading several overseas tours including to East Africa.
Following five years as housemaster of Rigg’s Hall, one of 11 boarding houses at Shrewsbury, Peter was appointed as Deputy Head Co-Curricular in 2016. is a graduate of the University of Bristol, where he studied English Literature.
His first teaching role was at Highbury Preparatory School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa followed by three years at Loretto School in Scotland.
Commenting on his appointment, Peter said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to be appointed as the next headmaster of Oswestry School.
“It is a school whose vision and values chime closely with my own, a school where each individual is valued, nurtured and encouraged, and where inspirational learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. I am thrilled to be joining such a very special community.”
Mr Noad was recently appointed as headmaster for Queen’s College, Taunton having joined Oswestry School in 2014.
The Board of Governors said, Mr Noad, wife, Jane and two children Molly and Henry; have all made a remarkable impact on the school, adding that they will be “sorely missed by staff, parents and pupils alike”.
Peter is married to Jenna, a part-time GP with an interest in sports medicine, and they have three daughters, 11-year-old Isla, eight-year-old Sophia and six-year-old Rosie. The family are looking forward to moving to Oswestry School and in due course meeting with pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.