11th December 2020 — Canon Tom Buchanan, Chairman of Governors at The Leys and St Faith’s Foundation today announced that, following a very thorough selection and a top quality field, Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn has been appointed as the next Head of St Faith’s, to succeed Mr Nigel Helliwell who retires in 2021.
Dr Hyde-Dunn, who is currently Headmaster of The Dragon School, Oxford, read History at St Catherine’s College Oxford, has an MA in Leadership and Management and a PhD in History. Prior to being appointed as Head of the Dragon School in 2016, he was Head of Abingdon Preparatory School for six years. He is very familiar with the educational landscape of Cambridge, having spent several years as Deputy Head Academic at King’s College School before moving to Abingdon.
Commenting on his appointment Crispin said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be invited to lead St Faith’s School. The school has flourished under the leadership of Nigel Helliwell and is highly ambitious for further success for every pupil. The innovative, award-winning and broad curriculum is an exciting feature of St Faith’s and is really valued by the staff and pupils. Excellent pastoral care compliments the academic provision, and the school benefits from outstanding facilities, both onsite and within the wider Foundation of The Leys and St Faith’s Schools. I greatly look forward to joining the community and working with staff, pupils and parents to shape the exciting future of St Faith’s, and I look forward to coming back to Cambridge.”
Crispin will join St Faith’s in January 2022. In order to preserve continuity, Nigel Helliwell has kindly agreed to remain as Head until then, instead of retiring at the end of the summer term as previously announced.
Canon Tom Buchanan, Chair of Governors said: “We are delighted that Crispin has agreed to become the next Head of St Faith’s. With his track record of running successful schools, and his strong pastoral ethos he is exactly the right person to continue to develop St Faith’s in the coming years. Crispin will inherit a school that has flourished under Nigel’s leadership, and we look forward to welcoming him to St Faith’s in a year’s time.”