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Newsflash! It’s a new head for Leehurst…

Want a one-stop, pastoral education for your family? We at Muddy have been lucky enough to grab a cuppa with the new head of friendly, co-ed, all-through to 16 school Leehurst Swan


It’s a new year and a new head for Leehurst Swan School in Salisbury. Although he is not starting at the school until September, we thought it was important to hotfoot it down there to find out more about the (dare I say it?) rather impressive Mr Terence Ayres.

After the sad passing of Stuart Morgan-Nash, Philip Oldroyd holds the reins currently as interim head of Leehurst, but it is Terence Ayres, head of Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross, who will be taking over the reins later this year.

An experienced head (he has been the main man at Thorpe House for over 5 years), Terence is an English and Religious Studies graduate with a career spanning over 22 years. He has taught in the state system and independent sector and before becoming the headmaster at Thorpe House School was deputy head at Saint Nicholas School, a co-educational independent school in Essex. During his time at Thorpe House we noted he has made large scale changes to the school which have vastly improved the school’s facilities, staffing, creative arts, sport and extra-curricular life. Good news all round for Leehurst.

An enthusiastic sportsman, he enjoys playing football (he is a passionate Arsenal supporter, no less), tennis and cricket in his spare time. A man after my own heart, he also loves skiing, swimming and the odd bit of surfing when he gets the chance. He is passionate about the arts, music, cinema and literature and organises regular trips to the West End for students at his current school – science fiction is his favourite movie genre and he confesses to being a huge fan of all things Star Wars related. Got to be a top bloke, then!

Obviously he is very excited about leading Leehurst Swan into the next decade and a word in our ear says that he was ‘attracted by the school’s warmth and commitment to each individual it educates.’ We hear he is a very visible and child-centred head (and trust me, not all are!), so Leehurst Swan’s ethos is very much in line with his own. He is ‘very much looking forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Stuart Morgan-Nash and interim headmaster Philip Oldroyd and driving the school forward so that it fulfils its great potential.’ We welcome him with open arms!

Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood overlooking Salisbury, with eye-catching views of the cathedral, Leehurst Swan is an all-through, co-ed day school for reception children to year 11 which, with its original Victorian family home main building plus fresh and modern new builds, combines a homely atmosphere with a shipshape sense of purposeful activity. Read the Muddy review here and visit them on their Open Day on Tues 5 March 2019. The theme is ‘Find Your Voice’ – registration starts from 8.45am and an address from the head at 9.15am. Book your space now.

Leehurst Swan School, 19 Campbell Rd, Salisbury SP1 3BQ. Tel: 01722 333094, Watch their fab new video!

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