The Warden Elect

The 14th Warden of St Edward’s will be Alastair Chirnside, currently Deputy Head at Harrow. He will take up the role in September 2021.

Alastair was brought up in Oxford and attended the Dragon, winning a Scholarship to Eton where he later taught. He took a Congratulatory First in Classics and Modern Languages at Merton College, Oxford, where he also won a Lightweight Rowing Half Blue. 

Watch the video below to find out more about Alastair and his reasons for wanting to be Warden of St Edward’s – click the image to watch.

Speaking of his appointment, Alastair said:

‘There has never been a more exciting time to join St Edward’s. There is the strength of the community, grounded in a spirt of inclusion and built on an ethos of collaboration. There is the range of opportunity, from the choices in the Sixth Form to the depth of the co-curriculum. There is a vision for modern boarding which both mirrors life at home and allows time for pupils to be at home. There is momentum in examination results, in ideas and in admissions.  

It is an honour for me to have been appointed to succeed Stephen Jones as the 14th Warden and to have the chance to build on the achievements of the last ten years. Stephen and I share the same philosophy of education. There must be opportunity for all to take part and for all to excel. Children’s happiness and their ability to recognise what will make them happy are more important than anything else. Teachers need not only to impart knowledge and to teach skills, but also to allow children to be themselves. Education is a profoundly personal enterprise, founded on good relationships and most successful when teachers and pupils can chart their own course.   That philosophy has driven St Edward’s recent success and it will provide the foundation for the School’s future – a future which I hope we will share in Oxford.’

Chris Jones, Chair of Governors, said, ‘Alastair and his wife Zannah have two daughters, so his extensive experience of educating boys is matched by a passionate interest in the education of girls. He shares with me and my fellow Governors the ambition to build on the achievements of the current Warden, Stephen Jones, and secure St Edward’s place as an undisputed leader in co-education.’

We look forward to welcoming Alastair and his family to Teddies.

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