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Alun Jones set to leave Newbury independent school

St Gabriel’s School, Newbury has appointed a new principal, after head Alun Jones announced he would be stepping down at the end of the academic year.

Richard Smith, who is currently the deputy head pastoral at Oxford independent school Headington School, will take over the role from September 2016.

Mr Smith graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA (Hons) in English and History before gaining a PGCE in secondary English at the University of Cambridge. In 2013, he competed an MEd in Educational Leadership.

He began his teaching career at Highfield Prep School before moving to Framlingham College and Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, where he taught English.

In 2004, he moved to Headington School to become head of sixth form, before taking up his current role in 2008.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining St Gabriel’s in September as the next principal and look forward to leading it to further success by building on the excellent work done by Alun Jones.

“All my dealings with the school have shown it to be warm and caring, with exceptionally strong relationships; qualities that I believe are vital in assisting young people to achieve their potential.

“I have been particularly impressed by the hugely positive atmosphere; there is a clear sense of pride in all aspects of academic and extra-curricular school life.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the governors and staff, as well as meeting parents and, of course, most of all I am looking forward to getting to know the pupils.”

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