26th July 2021 — The Mount School's governing Committee announced that, 'following a rigorous recruitment process, with advice from an experienced independent education recruitment advisor, we have appointed David Griffiths to the role of 20th Principal of The Mount School since 1835, subject to the usual regulatory checks.'
David has an outstanding track record as a leader in education with a particular interest in fostering and promoting girls’ education.
He is currently the Headmaster in Wycombe Abbey School in Changzhou, China.
Wycombe Abbey School in Changzhou is a branch campus school affiliated to Wycombe Abbey School, one of the most highly ranked girls’ schools in the UK.
As Headmaster he has developed and delivered a curriculum aligned to its UK home school.
Like Wycombe Abbey UK, Wycombe Abbey Changzhou is extremely successful in enabling its pupils to gain places at the most highly placed universities in the UK, the USA and elsewhere.
David will take up his role following Adrienne Richmond’s retirement at Christmas 2021.
Adrienne has given six years of exemplary service to The Mount School and the whole school community is extremely grateful for Adrienne’s leadership that provides an excellent launchpad for the school’s next phase of development.
David’s experience means he is therefore extremely well placed to be able to build on Adrienne’s excellent work.
He will prioritise enhancing The Mount’s profile and reputation in the UK and abroad, and continue to develop our curriculum offer with a particular focus on ensuring that academic excellence is balanced with an extensive co-curricular offer focused on health, wellbeing, and personal development.
Margaret Bryan, Clerk to Committee, said: "We are delighted to have appointed such an outstanding candidate, and look forward to supporting him fully as he takes The Mount School on the next stage of its exciting educational journey.
"David’s experience will be instrumental in developing the School and the education we provide to enable our girls to let their lives speak and to ensure that they are prepared for the opportunities and challenges of our increasingly complex, global and technological world."
David Griffiths said: "The Mount School York is a leader in educating girls and understanding their educational needs by creating an environment that inspires and empowers confident, socially responsible young women who believe that nothing is beyond their reach.
"I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the school and to embrace The Mount School ethos.
"I look forward to developing our shared purpose and progressive spirit by continuing to evidence our mantra of ‘we know girls can’.
"What could be more vital and important in a world where the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are, at long last, assuming their rightful position."
The Mount’s outgoing Principal, Adrienne Richmond, said: "I am delighted that David has accepted the position.
"The Mount is an exceptional school and one that I have been very proud to lead for the past 6 years.
"The whole community is now ready to support the next Principal and David will find a committed staff, driven girls and a supportive parent body, all ready and eager to embark upon the next phase of The Mount’s continuing journey in delivering educational excellence.
"I have every confidence that David’s vast experience as a Headteacher will empower The Mount community to even bigger and better things, especially in developing further our wonderful Quaker ethos and the wide-ranging experiences that prepare our girls for exciting and fulfilling futures."