New man at the top for Giggleswick

New Giggleswick head Mark Turnbull.
New Giggleswick head Mark Turnbull.
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A new head has been named to take over at the helm of Giggleswick School.

Governors have appointed Mark Turnbull, who will take up the post in August 2014, when Geoffrey Boult steps down after 13 years leading the school.

Mr Turnbull is currently deputy head of Eastbourne College.

He has a highly successful career in education both at Eastbourne College and at Sevenoaks School, where he held successive posts as a geography teacher, head of department, housemaster andhead of boarding.

He holds a degree in geography from Liverpool University and an MA from the University of London.

Mr Turnbull is an active hockey, cricket and rugby coach, and has led charity and international projects at Eastbourne and Sevenoaks, including in Romania and Tanzania; he has also served as a combined cadet force officer.

He is married with three children.

Announcing the appointment, chairman of governors Heather Hancock said: “Mark Turnbull comes to Giggleswick with an accomplished and highly successful track record in renowned schools, and real expertise in coeducational boarding. He has energy and vision, and a deep commitment to nurturing young people to be confident, outward looking, and with high expectations of themselves.”

Mr Turnbull said: “It is an enormous pleasure to have been appointed headmaster of Giggleswick School in succession to Geoffrey Boult.

“On my visits to Giggleswick, I have been very impressed by the pupils’ confidence, friendliness and mutual respect.

“I see many exciting opportunities to develop the academic ambition and enviable breadth of experience on offer at Giggleswick, building on its strong boarding traditions.

“We will do so with our eyes firmly fixed on what the future holds for today’s pupils, equipping them to succeed beyond school.”