20th January 2020 — Selected from an impressive field of candidates, Mr Hammond succeeds Giles Entwisle and will take up his post at the start of the next academic year.
Mr Hammond is currently Headmaster at Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School in Five Ashes, a post he has held with distinction since 2015.
Mr Hammond has a degree in English Language and Literature from Manchester University and, after finishing his PGCE at Cambridge University, he completed an MA in Education. During the early part of his career, Mr Hammond taught in a number of international schools across Europe and, latterly, was a Boarding Housemaster as well as Head of Day House at Junior Kings School, Canterbury. In 2012, he took on the role of Head of Pastoral Care at the Geneva English School before moving back to the UK to become Deputy Headmaster of Skippers Hill in September 2014 and then Headmaster a year later. Mr Hammond will be joined by his wife Sarah and their two children.
In confirming the appointment, Bede’s CEO and Headmaster of the Senior School, commented: “I am delighted that we have appointed Mark Hammond as Headmaster to lead Bede’s Prep School. Mark is a highly accomplished educational leader, brings with him a wealth of experience and is a worthy successor to Giles Entwisle. I have no doubt that Mark will make a significant long-term contribution to Bede’s Prep School.”
Commenting on his appointment Mr Hammond said: “It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to lead such a forward-thinking, innovative and inspirational school. From our first visit, Sarah and I were struck by the warmth of everyone we met and I am looking forward to working with and serving the whole school community over the years to come.”