28th November 2019 — The Governors of The King’s School, Worcester are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Gareth Doodes as Headmaster following the sad loss of Matthew Armstrong in August 2019.
Gareth will join us in September 2020 from Dover College where he has been Headmaster for the last five years. Previously Head of Milton Abbey in Dorset, Gareth started his career at Taunton School as a history teacher and then as a Housemaster at Oakham School. He has coached sport and has always been involved with music and drama. Gareth is also a Church of England lay minister of communion.
Hugh Carslake, the Chairman of Governors, said of Gareth’s appointment, ‘The Governors are delighted that Gareth has accepted the appointment and I very much look forward to working with him. Gareth’s passion for King’s and his strong belief in the future of King’s were both contributing factors in his appointment’.
Gareth was educated at Eastbourne College, where he was a music scholar, and gained an MA in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. A keen cyclist and swimmer, he plays the piano and organ, and has extensive choral singing experience. He is married to Jessica, who is from Worcestershire, and they have two young children, Humphrey and Persephone, both of whom will become pupils at the school.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Doodes said, ‘I knew Matthew, and was deeply saddened by his loss. He gave great leadership to King’s and as his successor I want to build on his legacy, strengthening the Foundation and ensuring that King’s long term success, growth and development continues. King’s strong community, exceptional co-curricular provision, links to the Cathedral and pursuit of academic excellence have inspired Jess and me. The affection for the school is clear from everyone I have met, and I am privileged to be leading the King’s family forward over the many years ahead.’