Aldwickbury School welcomes Paul Symes as its new Headmaster

Paul Symes has become the new Headmaster of Aldwickbury School, following the retirement of Vernon Hales. His appointment coincides with the start of a £3.75m project to create a new sports centre for the school.

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Mr Paul Symes - Headmaster of Aldwickbury School
Mr Paul Symes - Headmaster of Aldwickbury School

12th September 2021 — The start of the new term at Aldwickbury School marks the beginning of a new era as the Boys’ Pre-Prep and Prep School in Harpenden announces the arrival of its new Headmaster, Paul Symes.

Mr Symes is only the school’s fifth Headmaster in its 70+ year history with his predecessor, Vernon Hales, having served 18 years at the school.

He joins the team at Aldwickbury from Belmont Prep School in North London where he has spent the past 6 years as Senior Deputy Head, responsible for the school’s pastoral care.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Symes said: "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the new Headmaster for Aldwickbury School.

"Understandably, I am passionate about leading Aldwickbury and its talented staff into the next chapter of its history.

"The school will continue to place pastoral care as the foundation for success in and outside the curriculum.

"I envisage Aldwickbury to continue to be a school that embraces its traditions and rich history while at the same time being forward-thinking in our approach."

Mr Symes new role as Head at Aldwickbury coincides with the start of an exciting £3.75M project to create a new sports centre for the school.

The new building, due for completion in September 2022, will provide a modern indoor sports complex to complement the school’s existing facilities and extensive outdoor sports grounds.

Aldwickbury School (Boys 4-13) is a boarding school in Hertfordshire.

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