The King’s School, Tynemouth, has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Mr Edward Wesson as the new Headmaster with effect from 1 January 2011. He replaces Philip Cantwell, Headmaster of King’s since 2002, who leaves to take up his appointment as Principal of the David Ross Foundation sponsored Academy in Northampton.

Mr Wesson is currently Deputy Head at Reigate Grammar School, a large co-educational day school in Surrey. Educated at Tonbridge School, he gained A Levels in English, History and French before going on to Cambridge to read Law. Following this he spent two years in Journalism before pursuing a career in teaching. His first teaching post was at Wellington School, Somerset before spending 12 years at Hampton School where he was Head of Sixth Form. He has been Pastoral Deputy Head at Reigate Grammar since 2006 where he also coaches 1st XI Cricket and U14 Rugby.

Commenting on Mr Wesson’s appointment, Chairman of Governors, Mr David Bilton, said: "We are delighted to have appointed Mr Ed Wesson to succeed Mr Philip Cantwell as Headmaster of The King's School, Tynemouth. Mr Wesson has a wealth of experience within leading Independent schools and we very much look forward to welcoming him into the King's School community."

Mr Wesson is married to Susie and they are expecting their first child in November. His personal interests are history, theatre and food, along with cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and running to keep fit. Both he and Susie are very much looking forward to coming to live and work in Tynemouth. Speaking about his new appointment and future plans, Mr Wesson said: “New baby, new job, new house and new region will make for a busy few months, but it is very exciting.”

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