New Head Announcement

12 February 2021

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Andrew Chamberlain, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Griffiths as the 15th Head of Windermere School, to succeed Mr Ian Lavender who retires from the School in August 2021 after 12 years of dedicated service.

Mr Griffiths is currently Headmaster at Wycombe Abbey School, Changzhou, China, a school he has served since 2015. David was educated at Trent College, Nottingham before studying Business at Southampton and then for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at University College Chichester.

In his early career, Mr Griffiths was a Head of Department, Boarding Housemaster and Director of Co-Curricular. In 2015 Mr Griffiths was appointed Second Master (Deputy Headmaster) and then Headmaster at Wycombe Abbey School, Changzhou.

His hobbies include languages, golf and mountain walking, particularly in major Borealis expeditions to the remote areas of Northern Iceland. A former sportsman, he has remained involved in professional Rugby coaching in England, Europe and since 2015 in China, where, as technical advisor to the China Rugby Football Association, he supported their National Games and Olympic Games aspirations.

Mr Griffiths is married to Helen, an experienced Early Years teacher, and they have four children aged 20, 17, 13 and 11.

Mr Chamberlain said: “We are delighted to have appointed such an outstanding candidate, and look forward to supporting him fully as he takes Windermere School on the next stage of its journey. David’s experience will be instrumental in developing the school and the education we provide to enable our students to become accomplished young people ready for the challenges of our increasingly complex, global and technological world.”

On his appointment, Mr Griffiths said: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead Windermere School into the next stage of its development. I share Windermere School’s vision for a 21st-century education and was immensely impressed by the sense of enthusiasm, purpose and progressive spirit, which I witnessed throughout the recruitment process.”